Themes in ap world History



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AP World History Study Guide and Graphic Organizers – Unit 1: Foundations, ~8000 BCE – 600 CE


Encounters and interactions between societies
1. Themes in AP World History



Changes and continuities across time periods

Cultural and intellectual developments




Gender and social structures

Technological developments

Political organization

Population shifts




Overarching Themes in AP World History

Changes in the environment


Why you should know this: Knowledge of these themes assists you especially when developing a thesis for an essay. Moreover, because these themes are overarching, they will most likely be the basis of the essay questions. You should always keep these themes in mind when analyzing civilizations and societies, both when you are comparing two different societies and when you are tracing change over time within a society or region. Note the interaction/relationship between many themes.

Example: Analyze the impact of the Enlightenment

The Enlightenment is an example of a intellectual development that contributed to interactions

between societies (as philosophes contacted each other across countries and continents) and had a profound impact

on gender and social structures as well as political organization.





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