Ch 5: AP World History: Ancient China, Africa, India & America

About This Chapter

Get ready to take the AP World History exam by studying this chapter on ancient Africa, India, America and China at your leisure. We've included short lesson quizzes and a chapter test that help identify any areas you need to review further before test day.

AP World History: Ancient China, Africa, India & America - Chapter Summary

Our experienced instructors created this chapter on ancient America, China, Africa and India to help you study for the AP World History exam. These lessons cover topics including the Bantu migrations in ancient West Africa and the rulers of Mauryan empire in India. You'll also review the leaders of the Gupta Dynasty in India and the role of the Qin Dynasty in the Great Wall of China. Once you complete this chapter, you should also be ready to:

  • Explain the characteristics of the Han Dynasty in China
  • Provide information about the Zhou and Shang Dynasties in ancient China
  • Recognize settlements in the Indus Valley civilization
  • Discuss the texts, beliefs and castes of the Aryans in the Indus Valley
  • Identify the Chavin and Inca Ancient Andean peoples
  • Describe key points in Mesoamerican history, from the Olmecs to Cortes
  • Share information about the culture and civilization of ancient Sub-Saharan Africa and the Olmec

You can work at your own pace with these mobile-friendly and easy-to-understand lessons. All of the videos come with engaging animations to make your studying experience enjoyable and memorable. Help from an expert is just a few clicks away via the dashboard if any questions come up as you complete this ancient civilizations chapter.

12 Lessons in Chapter 5: AP World History: Ancient China, Africa, India & America
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Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties

1. Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties

In this lesson, we will study the Shang and Zhou Dynasties. We will pay close attention to the founding, major accomplishments and characteristics, and decline of these dynasties.

The Qin Dynasty in China: The Great Wall & Legalism

2. The Qin Dynasty in China: The Great Wall & Legalism

In this lesson, we will explore the short-lived but powerful Qin Dynasty of China. We will examine the dynasty's founding, life under Qin rule, the Qin legacy, and the downfall of the Qin.

The Han Dynasty in China: Characteristics, Wu Ti & Xiongnu

3. The Han Dynasty in China: Characteristics, Wu Ti & Xiongnu

In this lesson, we will explore China's Han dynasty. We will discover the ups and downs of its history and learn about some of its major characteristics and accomplishments.

Ancient West Africa: Bantu Migrations & the Stateless Society

4. Ancient West Africa: Bantu Migrations & the Stateless Society

In this lesson, we will discuss some of the characteristics of ancient West Africa. We will focus especially on the Bantu migrations, the stateless society, and the city of Jenne-jeno.

Ancient Sub-Saharan African Civilization & Culture

5. Ancient Sub-Saharan African Civilization & Culture

As the great civilizations of Egypt and Greece rose in the Middle East and Europe, many vibrant societies also arose in Africa south of the Sahara desert. These peoples created great states that rivaled their northern brethren. In this lesson, we examine these societies and their impact on history.

Mesoamerican Civilizations: The Olmecs to Cortes

6. Mesoamerican Civilizations: The Olmecs to Cortes

This lesson focuses on the early cultures of Mesoamerica. The Olmec, Maya, and Aztecs developed great civilizations in Mesoamerica over millennia. Then, after all of this development and the building of a great empire, the Aztec were quickly defeated by Hernando Cortes.

Ancient Andean Peoples: Chavin & Inca

7. Ancient Andean Peoples: Chavin & Inca

In this lesson, we will explore the Chavin and Inca civilizations of South America. We will study the rise and fall of these two cultures, as well as their major characteristics.

The Olmec: Civilization & Culture

8. The Olmec: Civilization & Culture

The first civilization of Central and North America, the Olmec, thrived from about 1500 BC to about 400 BC. Learn about the history of the Olmec and how their accomplishments influenced later American civilizations and cultures.

Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro

9. Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro

In this lesson, we will explore the mysterious Indus Valley civilization, which was located in modern Pakistan and reached its high point between about 2500 BCE and 1900 BCE.

The Aryans in the Indus Valley: Texts, Castes & Beliefs

10. The Aryans in the Indus Valley: Texts, Castes & Beliefs

In this lesson, we will explore the Aryans of the Indus Valley. We will learn about their arrival in the valley, their social customs, their major texts, and their religious beliefs.

The Mauryan Empire in India: Rulers & Edicts

11. The Mauryan Empire in India: Rulers & Edicts

In this lesson, we will study India's Mauryan Empire. We will learn about its rulers, explore its government and economy, delve into its religious life, and examine its decline and disappearance.

The Gupta Dynasty in India: Leaders & Arabic Numerals

12. The Gupta Dynasty in India: Leaders & Arabic Numerals

In this lesson, we will explore India's Gupta dynasty. We will learn about its founding and expansion, discover the achievements of its people, and examine its decline and disappearance.

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