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Ch 1: AP World History: Foundational Concepts

About This Chapter

Read on to learn more about main ideas in world history so that you're prepared for the AP World History exam. Watch video lessons and review transcripts so that you can utilize this information to answer questions and write essays on the test.

AP World History: Foundational Concepts - Chapter Summary

Gain a solid understanding of foundational concepts in world history to prepare for the AP World History exam. Engaging video lessons and transcripts cover the ideas and facts you need to know to score well on the test. By watching these lessons, you'll learn about:

  • The six historical periods
  • Civilization
  • Causes and effects of historical change
  • Geographical regions
  • The role of geography and climate in the settlement of people
  • Recurring themes in history

The lessons in this chapter convey the big-picture ideas that will make it possible for you to grasp more complex concepts in world history. A broad survey of world history begins with identifying major periods in history, along with factors that brought, and continue to bring about, change.

AP World History Objectives

The AP World History exam is given every May and includes a combination of multiple choice and free response questions. The test usually takes about three hours. The lessons in this chapter provide a framework of world history that prepares you for further study. The foundational concepts you'll learn include:

  • The periods of world history and their corresponding dates
  • The definition of 'civilization' and its common characteristics
  • Common themes across historical periods
  • The world's main geographical regions

The entire test consists of 70 multiple-choice questions and three short-answer questions. The topics in this chapter lay the groundwork and apply to each subject on the test.

6 Lessons in Chapter 1: AP World History: Foundational Concepts
Periods of World History: Overviews of Eras from 8000 B.C.E to the Present

1. Periods of World History: Overviews of Eras from 8000 B.C.E to the Present

In this lesson, we will look at the six periods of world history. We will learn the defining characteristics of each and highlight the major themes associated with each period.

What is a Civilization? - Definition & Common Elements

2. What is a Civilization? - Definition & Common Elements

In this lesson, we will define the term civilization. We will identify the core characteristics of a civilization, and understand the function of civilizations in the context of historical development.

Historical Change: Causes and Effects

3. Historical Change: Causes and Effects

In this lesson, we will examine historical change. We will learn what factors contribute to historical change and see how historical change is perceived through different classifications.

The Five Major Geographical Regions in AP World History

4. The Five Major Geographical Regions in AP World History

In this lesson, we will look at geography according to the AP World History curriculum. We will identify and highlight the major geographical regions throughout the world.

Geography and Climate: Effects on Civilizations

5. Geography and Climate: Effects on Civilizations

In this lesson, we will look at the relationship between geography, climate, and civilization. We will learn why civilizations develop in particular regions and how this leads to lifestyle and cultural differences.

Recurring Themes in History: Societal Migration, Evolution, Aggression & Industrialization

6. Recurring Themes in History: Societal Migration, Evolution, Aggression & Industrialization

In this lesson, we will examine some recurring themes throughout history. We will see how societal migration, cultural transformation, conflicts, industrialization, and other trends help facilitate historical development.

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