Strive for a 5 for Ways of the World for AP®

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-08-12
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
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Strive for a 5: Preparing for the AP® World History Exam provides a thorough student review of world history with tips for test preparation. Designed to align with the third edition of Ways of the World, Strive for a 5 gives students the practice they need to succeed in the redesigned AP® World History course and on the exam. The book has a study guide section that corresponds to each textbook chapter and a test preparation section.

Author Biography

Robert W. Strayer (PhD, University of Wisconsin) taught African, Soviet, and world history for many years at SUNY College at Brockport, where he received Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching and for Excellence in Scholarship. In 1998 he was visiting professor of world and Soviet history at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Since 2002, he has taught world history at the University of California, Santa Cruz; California State University, Monterey Bay; and Cabrillo College. His scholarship includes work in African history (Kenya: Focus on Nationalism, 1975; The Making of Mission Communities in East Africa, 1978); Soviet history (Why Did the Soviet Union Collapse?,1998;  The Communist Experiment, 2007) and World History (The Making of the Modern World, 1988, 1995; Ways of the World, 2009, 2011). He is a long-time member of the World History Association and served on its Executive Committee.

Table of Contents


A Review of AP® World History

First Things First: Beginnings in History, to 600 b.c.e.

1. First Peoples; First Farmers: Most of History in a Single Chapter, to 4000 b.c.e.

2. First Civilizations: Cities, States, and Unequal Societies,3500 b.c.e.–600 b.c.e.

Second-Wave Civilizations in World History, 600 b.c.e.–600 c.e.

3. State and Empire in Eurasia/North Africa, 600 b.c.e.– 600 c.e.

4. Culture and Religion in Eurasia/North Africa, 600 b.c.e.– 600 c.e.

5. Society and Inequality in Eurasia/North Africa, 600 b.c.e.– 600 c.e.

6. Commonalities and Variations: Africa, the Americas, and Pacific Oceania, 600 b.c.e.–1200 c.e.

An Age of Accelerating Connections, 600 c.e.–1450

7. Commerce and Culture, 600–1450

8. China and the World: East Asian Connections, 600–1300

9. The Worlds of Islam: Afro-Eurasian Connections, 600–1450

10. The Worlds of Christendom: Contraction, Expansion, and Division, 600–1300

11. Pastoral Peoples on the Global Stage: The Mongol Moment, 1200–1450

12. The Worlds of the Fifteenth Century

PART FOUR The Early Modern World, 1450–1750

13. Political Transformations: Empires and Encounters, 1450–1750

14. Economic Transformations: Commerce and Consequence, 1450–1750

15. Cultural Transformations: Religion and Science, 1450–1750

The European Moment in World History, 1750–1900 688

16. Atlantic Revolutions, Global Echoes, 1750–1900

17. Revolutions of Industrialization, 1750–1900

18. Colonial Encounters in Asia, Africa, and Oceania, 1750–1950

19. Empires in Collision: Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia, 1800–1900

The Most Recent Century, 1900–present

20. Collapse at the Center: World War, Depression, and the Rebalancing of Global Power, 1900–1970s

21. Revolution, Socialism, and Global Conflict: The Rise and Fall of World Communism, 1917–present

22. The End of Empire: The Global South on the Global Stage, 1900–present

23. Capitalism and Culture: The Acceleration of Globalization, since 1945


Strategies for the AP® Exam

Preparing for the AP® World History Exam

Taking the AP® World History Exam

Practice Tests

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