AP World History Regions, Time Periods and Dynasties

Advanced Placement World History is designed by the Collegeboard to give high school students the opportunity to study the major civilizations of the world throughout history.  These civilizations come from six major world regions - China, India, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Latin America.  Each world region has a history divided into dynasties that can be used as a way to organize the important people, events, places and ideas of these regions.  This website has pages that describe the political, economic, religious, social, intellectual, artistic and geographic developments for each major world dynasty.

In addition to the world regions, the AP World History course also divides the course in to five major time periods.  These are:


600bce - 600ce

600 -1450


1750 - 1914

1914 - present.

Each time period has specific themes and developments that are common to the time across most of the world regions.

Although learning the information describing the history of world is important, in order to do well on the AP World history exam students must also anaylze documents and write carefully and clearly about historical questions.

Finally, in May of each year students have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge on the AP World history exam.  Depending on their score on the exam, students may be offered credits at colleges and universities around the world.