Final Exam Study Guide: AP World History Fall-Winter 2013-14


Final Exam Study Guide: AP World History


Winter 2013


The following concepts and principles will be on the final exam:

Jared Diamond’s theory on the development of civilization as it relates to the geographic suitability of agriculture.

The importance of cultural diffusion in World History

Criteria of civilization in World History

Political concept of kingship in Ancient Civilization

Political organization in Ancient: o o o o


Indus Valley

Mesopotamian Civilizations


Cultural achievements in Ancient: o

China o o o

Indus Valley

Mesopotamian Civilizations


Comparison: Judaism and Hinduism

Comparative Analysis between Ancient Civilizations

Political frameworks of the classical world o

Athens o o o o



Qin China

Han China

The concept of Empire in World History

Comparative Analysis between Classical Civilizations

Rome’s transition from Republic to Empire

Religious transformation of the Classical Period in: o

Mediterranean o o o

South Asia

East Asia

Southwest Asia

Fall of Rome and Han China

Chinese Philosophy o

Confucianism o o



Social comparison of the Classical Period: India and China

Social comparison of the Classical Period: Rome and Greece

Peasant rebellions in Chinese history

Importance of Silk Road commerce

Types of commerce along the Silk Road

Variance in Silk/Sea/Sand Road commerce

Consequences of cross‐cultural interaction

Chinese history during the era of regionalism following the Han Dynasty

Golden Ages in China o

Tang o


Chinese tributary system

Longevity of Byzantium

Impact of the Crusades in European History

Political unity after the fall of Rome

Characteristics of the Middle Ages in Europe

Foundation of Islam

Shia/Sunni split in Islam

Foundations of Empires within Islam

Islamic traditions in o

India o


West Africa

 o

Trade networks and the spread of religions during the post‐classical age

Characteristics of Mongol conquest in Persia, China, and Russia

Impact of Mongolian conquest in History

Don’t forget to review the thinking skills!

Chapters 2‐6, 8‐12 are the focus