AP World History Readings

Please keep an eye on this page. It will be updated with readings as the semester goes on.

Unit 1 (8000 BCE-600 CE):

Jared Diamond: The Worst Mistake in the History of the World/Back of History  – DAY ONE

The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Epic of

Hammurabi’s Code

• Indian Seals, Mesopotamian Seals, and Cretan Seals (images)

• Rig Veda, The

• Population Statistics

• Buddha, The Teachings of

• Matthew, The Gospel of

• Confucius, The Analects

• Hippocrates, On the Sacred Disease

Herodotus: Hellenes & Phoenicians

Herodotus:  The Carthaginian Attack on Sicily, 480 BCE

• Asoka, Rock and Pillar Edicts

Unit 2 (600 CE – 1450 CE):

  • Bulliet: Ch. 8.2-8.4, Ch. 10.2-10.5, Ch. 11-15, Ch. 16.2

• The Nestorian Stele (images and text)

• Excerpts from the Quran

• A Thousand and One Arabian Nights

• Chen Pu – The Craft of Farming

• The Mosaics of San Vitale (images)

• Population Statistics – World’s Largest Cities

Unit 3 (1450-1750 CE):

  • Bulliet: Ch. 16.2-16.4, Ch. 17-21

• Ibn Battuta – Long Distance Travel Beyond the Mongol Peace

• Marco Polo – Description of the World

• Zhao Rugua – Description of Barbarous Peoples

• Luther, Martin – Table Talk

• The Gokstad Ship (image)

Unit 4 (1750-1914 CE):

  • Bulliet Ch. 22-26.1
  • Hochschild King Leopold’s Ghost

• Voltaire – A Treatise on Toleration

• Adam Smith – The Wealth of Nations

• Napoleon Crossing the Alps (image)

• Simon Bolivar -The Jamaica Letter

• Summary of a Conversation with Osei Bonso, King of Asante

• Abdullah Wahab -The History and Doctrines of Wahabis

• Envoys from Vassal States and Foreign Countries Presenting Tribute to the emperor, China (image)

• Marx and Engels – The Communist Manifesto

• Charles Darwin – On the Origins of Species and the Descent of Man

Unit 5 (1914-Present Day):

  • Bulliet: 26.2-26.7, Ch. 27-33

• Selected Poetry of the War Poets

• 1918 Flu Epidemic Death Rates (Statistics)

• Adolf Hitler -Mein Kampf

• Bombing of Tokyo and Other Cities (Statistics)

• Gandhi – Indian Home Rule

• Mikhail Gorbachev – Perestroika

• Muralist Paintings

• Osama Bin Laden -Declaration of Jihad against Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Mosques

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