AP World History

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AP World History Exam

Are you prepared to answer questions about engineering during the Sui Dynasty? What about the obstacles to democracy in 19th-century Latin America? These adaptive flashcards provide the best AP World History review, no matter what textbook you use. Guaranteed to score you a 4 or a 5!


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The Best AP World History Exam Review

Authored by top teachers and tutors who know what's most important on test day, AP World History contains:

  • Over 750 smart flashcards covering critical facts, events, and concepts from World history;

  • Detailed, but still concise, review of the context and significance of key moments and trends;

  • a comforting focus on the most-frequently tested topics. A full history couldn't be covered in 10000 cards, but our experts have done the prioritization for you!

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How to Study for AP World History

You can study for the exam in any order you choose, but it is important to start early. Brainscape's iPhone and Android app make it easy to review in bite-sized chunks throughout short breaks in your day.

AP World History's 18 flashcard decks are organized as follows:

  • Prehistory

  • The River Civilizations

  • Early Religion and Thought

  • States and Empires

  • Europe: the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

  • The Islamic World

  • East Asia from 200 to 1250

  • The Americas and Early Colonial Efforts

  • Europe, Reformation, and Enlightenment

  • Gunpowder Empires and East Asia

  • Europe: the Long 19th Century

  • Middle East, Africa, and Asia, 1700-1900

  • North and South America, 1763-1900

  • World War I and the Treaty of Versailles

  • The Interwar Years

  • World War II

  • The Cold War

  • Decolonization and the Post-Cold War World

Let's get started on scoring that 5 on the AP World History test!





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Prehistory refers to the world before the written word. This deck provides an underpinning in world geography, early human development, and the rise of the first cities.


The River Civilizations

The earliest civilizations arose along rivers. This deck decribes the foundation of Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Indian, and Chinese civilization.


Early Religion And Thought

Ranging from the polytheism of the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans to the monotheism of the Jews, this deck describes World History's earliest religions.


States And Empires

This deck describes the development of the world's first empires in Greece, Rome, India, and China.


Europe The Middle Ages And The Renaissanc

From the fall of the Western Roman Empire to the rise of Italian city-states, this deck traces European history through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.


The Islamic World

Rising in the 600s, Islamic forces quickly dominated much of the Middle East. This deck describes Middle Eastern and African history through the 1400s.


East Asia From 200 To 1250

The history of East Asia from 200 to 1250 is the focus of this deck, including the histories of China, India, and Japan.


The Americas And Early Colonial Efforts

Following the Spanish discovery of the New World in 1492, Europeans quickly conquered much of North and South America. This deck covers the high and low points of the European colonial effort.


Europe Reformation And Enlightenment

This deck traces European history from the earliest challenges to the Catholic Church's authority during the Reformation to the rise of the secular philosophes and the European Enlightenment.


Gunpowder Empires And East Asia

The Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires built their dominance on gunpowder weapons. This deck focuses on these empires' rise and their conquests in the Middle East and India.


Europe The Long 19th Century

Ranging from the outbreak of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars until the First World War, this deck examines Europe's long 19th century.


Middle East Africa And Asia 1700 1900

From 1700 to 1900, much of the Middle East, Africa, and Asia fell under the control of European powers. This deck traces the historical process that led to both direct and indirect colonization of large portions of the globe by Europeans.


North And South America 1763 1900

In North and South America, colonial dominance by the French, Spanish, and British ended for the most part by the 1840s. This deck traces the fall of the American colonial empires of the European powers and the post-independence path of the new North and South American nations.


World War I And The Treaty Of Versailles

The focus of this deck is on World War I, which signaled the end of the old European order, and the seeds of discord and future conflict sown by the Treaty of Versailles.


The Interwar Years

This deck focuses on world events between World War I and World War II, how international peacekeeping bodies failed to ensure international tranquility, and how militarism and totalitarianism arose in Europe and East Asia.


World War Ii

World War II was a global conflict that ranged from the shores of North America to China and Europe. This deck traces the path to war and the peace that emerged after the war's end.


The Cold War

After World War II, world events took place against the background of conflict between the world's two superpowers, the Soviet Union and the United States. This deck examines the period between World War II and the fall of the Soviet Union.


Decolonization And The Post Cold War Worl

This deck focuses on the sometimes troubled paths through which European colonies were granted their freedom, and examines world history in the wake of the Soviet Union's fall.