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Study Guides for Every AP World History Unit

4 min readdecember 29, 2020

Harrison Burnside


AP World History: Modern may seem like a daunting class to take with the amount of historical figures, events, and concepts spanning 800 years of human history, but worry not! These study guides will help you not only ace the AP exam and get that fancy 5 but also understand the foundations of what we see today in global politics, society as a whole, the environment, culture, economics, and technology. This post shares unit study guides specifically, but check out all of Fiveable's AP World History content
All of these study guides were created by AP World teachers and students who have aced the exam. They include everything you need to know to get a 5 on the exam.

🐎 Unit 1: Global Tapestry

🔥 Quick Tip: Don't spend too long on this unit. Focus on the big trends. This unit is meant for you to familiarize yourself with each of the global regions and the key players in the beginning of modern global history.

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🐪 Unit 2: Networks of Exchange

🔥 Quick Tip: Know the trade networks and their impact on local and regional trade, empire-building, and cultural diffusion! Networks like the Silk Roads and the Indian Ocean allowed landlocked empires to interact, grow economically, and expand their state religion!
2.1 - Silk Roads

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🕌 Unit 3: Land-Based Empires

🔥 Quick Tip: Identify the major similarities and differences in the different empires mentioned in this unit. That way, you'll be able to make comparisons and at the same time connect how empires were built and administered during this time period (1200-1450).

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🍕 Unit 4: Transoceanic Connections

🔥 Quick Tip: Understand the reasons behind the Age of Exploration, the long-term consequences of the Columbian Exchange, and the skyrocketing of Europe, especially Spain and Portugal, into global power after the discovery of the New World.

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✊ Unit 5: Revolutions

🔥 Quick Tip: Don't stop at knowing what happened in each of the four main revolutions. How are they connected to each other? (Trust me, they are.) When looking at industrialization, focus on its economic, political, and social impact on societies.

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🚂 Unit 6: Consequences of Industrialization

🔥 Quick Tip: Industrialization directly led to two key developments between 1750 and 1900: more imperialism and mass migrations!

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💣 Unit 7: Global Conflict

🔥 Quick Tip: The Global Conflict Unit is the first time that we see alliances forming and when we see new interconnections of the globalized world! Make sure to look for causes and effects from all of the major conflicts and see if you can find other similar causation in contemporary world history!

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🥶 Unit 8:Cold War & Decolonization

🔥 Quick Tip: This unit looks like it is about economics and war, but it is so much more than that! In Unit 8, you see all kinds of contemporary conflicts and how they are conducted due to Globalization, watch out for Unit 9 for a more in-depth explanation! Try to find how different events are connected and try to find reasoning, aka Rationales, for every action takes in the Contemporary Era!

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