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Dates you should know for AP World History.


8000 BCE - 600 CE

Beginnings of Bronze Age

3000 BCE

Kingdom of Israel

1020 BCE

Iron Age

1300 BCE

Life of Buddha, Confucius, Lao-Tsu (beginnings of Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism)

6th Century BCE

Bantu Migrations

500 BCE - 1000 CE

Greek Golden Age - Philosophers

5th Century BCE

Alexander the Great

323 BCE

Qin Unification of China

221 BCE

Spread of Buddhism and Hinduism to Southeast Asia

3rd Century BCE

Mauryan Empire and Gupta Dynasty

3rd and 6th Centuries

Beginnings of Christianity

32 CE

Pax Romana

27 BCE - 180 CE

Han Dynasty, also beginnings of Silk Roads and maritime trade around the South China Sea and Indian Ocean Basin

206 BCE - 220 CE

Spread of Christianity in the Mediterranean basin and Southwest Asia

2nd Century CE

Roman capital moved to Constantinople

333 CE

Christianity official religion of Roman Empire

380 CE

Beginning of Trans-Saharan Trade Routes (use of camel spreads)

4th Century

Classical Maya

400 - 800 CE

Fall of western Roman Empire

476 CE

Justinian rule of Byzantine Empire

527-565 CE

Post Classical Period


Tang Dynasty (Sui Dynasty for 29 yrs before that)


Rise of Islam


Battle of Tours (end of Muslim move into France)


Height of Kingdom of Ghana

9th Century

Song Dynasty

960 - 1279

Great Schism in Christian Church


Norman Conquest of England


1st Crusade


Mali Empire

13th - 15th Century

Delhi Sultanate

1206 - 1526

Magna Carta


Mongols sack Baghdad


Marco Polo Travels

1271 - 1295

Yuan Dynasty

1279 - 1368

Mansa Musa's Pilgrimage


Aztec Empire

14th - 16th Century

Travels of Ibn Battuta

1325 - 1349

Hundred Years' War

1337 - 1453

Bubonic plague in Europe

1347 - 1348


14th - 15th century

Ming Dynasty

1368 - 1644

End of Zheng He's Voyages


Early Modern Period

1450 - 1750

Ottomans capture Constantinople


Dias rounded Cape of Good Hope


Columbus sailed to San Salvador, and Reconquista of Spain


Safavid Empire

16th - 18th Century

Martin Luther's 95 Theses


Cortez conquered the Aztecs


Magellan's crew completes circumnavigation of the world


African slaves to the Americas

Early 1500s - Early 1800s

Discovery of silver in Potosi, Bolivia


Mughal Empire (Akbar 1556-1605)

1526 - 1858

Scientific Revolution

16th - 17th Century

Council of Trent, Jesuits, Counter-Reformation

1545 - 1563

Defeat of te Spanish Armada by the British


Start of East India Company and Dutch VOC

1600 - 1602

Tokugawa Shogunate

1603 - 1867

Founding of Jamestown and Massachusetts Bay Colony

1607 - 1630

Qing Dynasty (Kangxi 1661 - 1722)

1644 - 1911

Tsar Peter the Great

1682 - 1725

John Locke's Two Treatises on Government


Glorious Revolution/English Bill of Rights


High point of African Slave Trade

18th Century

The Long 19th Century

1750 - 1914

Industrial Revolution

1750 - 1914

The Englightenment

18th Century

Seven Years' War or French and Indian War

1756 - 1763

Declaration of Indepedence and Adam Smit Writes Wealth of Nations


US Constitution Ratified


French Revolution

1789 - 1815

Haitian Revolution

1789 - 1804

Congress of Vienna


European revolutions

1830 - 1848

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