Eric is the Lead AP World History teacher here at Fiveable. He has taught history with high school students since 1990, first in California and now in Minnesota. Although Eric has taught many US and AP European History classes during his career, his teaching schedule has been all World History, both on level and Advanced Placement, for the past few years. In these classes he is always looking to decolonize the curriculum and to encourage students to think historically. Eric also blogs at www.ebeckman.org .

This week’s live reviews of AP World History: Modern on Fiveable will cover key skills and content for exchange networks between  c. 1200 CE and c. 1450 CE. The College Board refers to these topics as Unit 2: Networks of Exchange, but some classes might be calling this era the late Middle Ages or Period 1. By any name, this was a time of travel and exchange between regions. Fiveable offers help studying and understanding this period all this week and the next. Times below are all Eastern. Click on the links to save your spot and mark your calendar.

9/29 6pm Taking Notes from Lecture Jamaal Willis and Varoon Kodithala
9/30 8pm Trans-Sahara Networks Donald D’Orto
9/30 9pm Analyzing sources: Exchange and connection in the late Medieval Jed Quiaoit
10/1 11:30pm  Sailing the Oceans Allie Thiessen
10/1 8pm Indian Ocean Networks Patrick Lasseter
10/4 6pm Textbook reading and notes Safiya Menk
10/5 6pm Mongols! Jed Quiaoit
10/6 6:00 Live Student Study Group Varoon Kodithala and Sruthi Srinivas

Study Groups

Fiveable offers live student study groups every Sunday for AP World. Today Jamaal Willis and Varoon Kodithala will focus on how to best take notes in class with plenty of time for Q & A about the class in general. Safiya Menk will do the same with reading notes this Friday. Students looking to sharpen these vital skills can learn a lot from successful peers like Jamaal, Safiya, and Varoon.

AP World History students should always be practicing working with sources. On Monday Jed Quaioit will discuss how to analyze sources relating to exchanges in the late Middle Ages. Students and teachers will benefit from seeing how an accomplished student such as Jed approaches the types of sources used on the AP World Exam.

Learn About Exchange Networks

Drawing with writings. Prominently pictures a black king holding a gold nugget and a man in turban riding a camel

Detail from Abraham Cresques Catalan Atlas shows the Spanish geographer’s view of the Trans-Saharan trade and Mansa Musa. Image via Wikipedia

One way that historians make sense of movement between regions is by describing trade networks, such as the Trans-Saharan Network that connected North and West Africa with the Mediterranean and the Middle East and the Indian Ocean Network that connected East Africa, the Mediterranean, and Asia. A network has multiple, interconnecting routes between trading centers. To be termed a network, a set of routes must have left behind a lot of evidence of people trading products and exchanging ideas between regions. The products move, but the ideas, including religions, such as Islam, and techniques for growing certain crops, such as bananas stayed.  On Monday, September 30th Donald D’Orto will explain how the people traveled across the Sahara desert and what they exchanged. This trade made some people very wealthy, such as the famous emperor Mansa Musa (pictured above).  

The next night, October 1st, Patrick Lasseter discusses the Indian Ocean Network that was at the center of the interregional economy in the later Middle Ages. Ships sailing the Indian Ocean, such as the dhow pictured here,  connected the powerhouse regions of China, India, and the Mediterranean. Allie Thiessen will continue with the theme of ocean sailing, including dhows, but also comparisons to the famous Viking and Polynesian mariners. Allie streams from Germany. She will go live at 11;30 pm, Eastern, which is prime study time for West Coast kids (8:30 Pacific).

Photograph of a ship with one triangular sail

Dhow sailing of the coast of East Africa. Image via Wikipedia.

Jed Quiaoit and Varoon Kodithala have the honor of reviewing one of AP World’s most famous topics: the Mongols. The Mongols not only conquered an immense Empire, but they also made exchanges of products and ideas more possible than ever across a huge area. Join Jed and Varoon on Saturday to master the Mongols in AP World History: Modern.

Use the comments to share what you’re studying or teaching in AP World History: Modern.  Let us know if there are any topics that you would like to see reviewed live on Fiveable.

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