Ch 10: AP World History: The Dark Ages

About This Chapter

In this chapter, we've provided a series of video lessons about the Dark Ages to help you prepare for the AP World History exam. You can watch these video lessons on any smartphone, tablet or computer to study at your convenience 24 hours a day.

AP World History: The Dark Ages - Chapter Summary

Check out this engaging chapter on the Dark Ages to get ready to take the AP World History exam. You'll watch videos about the Germanic tribes and the invasion of Rome, among other subjects. After finishing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the Church and the Byzantines as the heirs of Rome
  • Outline early Church conflicts, including Iconoclasm and Arianism
  • Detail the spread of Islam and the progress of the Caliphates
  • Explain Muslim accomplishments in art, medicine, science and literature
  • Identify Clovis and the Merovingians in Frankish history
  • Describe the history of the Dark Ages

You can work at your own pace and take as much time as you need to feel confident ahead of the AP World History test. Each video lesson is easy to navigate and accompanied by a helpful self-assessment quiz. If you prefer to study offline, use the printable lesson transcripts to make easy-to-use study guides.

7 Lessons in Chapter 10: AP World History: The Dark Ages
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The Dark Ages: Definition, History & Timeline

1. The Dark Ages: Definition, History & Timeline

In this lesson, we will examine the period of time commonly referred to as the Dark Ages. We will learn why this period is called the Dark Ages and discuss why some historians are now shying away from this term.

Germanic Tribes: Invasion in Rome

2. Germanic Tribes: Invasion in Rome

As the Roman Empire became bigger and bigger, tribes from Germany began to invade various areas. Eventually the continuous attacks led to the break-up of the Empire. This lesson explores a few of the more dominant tribes.

Heirs of Rome: The Church and the Byzantines

3. Heirs of Rome: The Church and the Byzantines

The Roman Empire covered a vast area, and when it fell, its people were in danger of losing their civilization. This lesson explores some of the things that remained as the Empire fell, as well as how they affected Roman citizens.

Early Church Conflicts: Arianism and Iconoclasm

4. Early Church Conflicts: Arianism and Iconoclasm

This lesson explores two conflicts that occurred in the early church: Arian Christianity, which taught a taboo belief regarding the Holy Trinity, and iconoclasm, which was the destruction of religious images.

The Spread of Islam and the Progress of the Caliphates

5. The Spread of Islam and the Progress of the Caliphates

After the death of Mohammed, Islam continued to spread through Arabia, the Middle East and Africa. This lesson is an overview of Islam's progress from the faith of Mecca to a faith for all the world.

Muslim Learning: Scientific, Artistic, Medical & Literary Accomplishments

6. Muslim Learning: Scientific, Artistic, Medical & Literary Accomplishments

The Abbasid caliphate (750-1258 CE) oversaw the Golden Age of Islam. Learn about the accomplishments of Muslim scholars in art, literature, science, medicine and mathematics during this time.

Frankish History: Clovis and the Merovingians

7. Frankish History: Clovis and the Merovingians

This lesson will focus on Clovis and the rise and fall of the Merovingian Dynasty. It will highlight his unification of the Franks, his conversion to Catholicism, and the cultural advancements of the dynasty's rule.

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