The History of Our World in 18 Minutes

Posted on March 8, 2019


If you think going through all of World History in a semester is impressive, check this out.

After viewing the TED Talk by David Christian, please complete the following questions:

  1. What are “Goldilocks Conditions?”
  2. What are “Threshold Moments?”
  3. What does he identify as the four things in the Big History of humanity that qualify as “Threshold Moments?”
  4. What applications do you think “Goldilocks Conditions” and “Threshold Moments” have for analyzing periodization in AP World History?
  5. How would David Christian explain his concept of Big History?
  6. What is different about his story of human history and what you thought history was previously?
  7. From your knowledge of world history, identify one event that you would qualify as a “Threshold Moment.” Identify the “Goldilocks Conditions” that were present that allowed for the moment.