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This text contains material that appeared originally in World History: He has also published more than book chapters, journal arti-. Welcome to the World History Project. This organization is dedicated to making a free, open-content, standardized textbook on World History based on the AP. Browse our latest titles in the Ancient World History category to discover your next read from

Because of how effective the book is , satisfied customers on site have all claimed that it has helped them prepare for the AP World History exam.

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Some even say that they used the book for their high school world history courses because of how comprehensive yet simple it is unlike other textbooks. Nevertheless, it is a material should only be used if you are not in a rush with your review. If you only have a few weeks left before the exam, you may be better of using other review materials because of how it might take you a while to completely read and digest the contents of this book. But, despite how long the book is, its typical price is a good one to pay for the quality it provides.

What makes it unique: It provides a comprehensive review that covers the entire coverage prescribed by the College Board. The charts and key concepts will allow you to make your own study plan in an organized manner. Why choose this book: It has two full-length practice tests that mimic the actual AP World History exam. And, depending on the version, you may even have access to three more practice tests online.

The material connects the theme required by the College Board to that of the events of each important historical period. This pick for best AP World History review book is great for those who have about two months left before the exam. Martin 5 Steps to a 5 has consistently been one of the best review materials not only for world history but for other AP exams as well. But, as a review material for world history, this book stands out because of how it not only helps you review for the AP World History exam but also because of how it prepares you in a more holistic way.

Following its usual five-step plan, this reviewer will help you set up your own study plan first before you do anything else. It then allows you to gauge how prepared you are by testing you out with a diagnostic exam. And before you get to the actual review, it will give you a comprehensive overview of the exam format while helping you formulate your own strategies and approach to answering it.

After strategizing, you will then be given a thorough and comprehensive review of the important terms and concepts you will have to equip yourself with for the AP World History exam.

This part of the book is comparatively shorter than other reviewers and is fairly easy to comprehend, understand, and digest. The final part of the review material are the two practice tests that are specially made not only to help you gauge how well you have already reviewed but to also give you the necessary confidence that you should have when you are already about to take the actual exam.

The practice tests are not more difficult than the AP World History exam but are challenging enough to let you feel what it is like to take the real thing. Priced affordably, it is a good review book that will certainly help you achieve a 5 in your AP World History exam.

Otherwise, it is still a reliable companion for anyone looking to pass the exam. What makes it unique: It has four practice exams. The two are in the book while the rest are online. This book comes with different study plans for you to choose from depending on how much time you have and how well-prepared you already are. Each unit comes with quizzes that can help you digest what you have just read. Why choose this book: It is a simple and quick read that can be used by those that do not have a lot of time left before the exam.

The step-by-step process makes it easier for you to know how far you have already gone in your review and how well you have already prepared. The review contents of the book are focused on the more essential details and concepts you need to learn in whatever study time you have.

It is a rather quick and simple read compared to other materials. The book comes with study plans that can be adjusted depending on your goals and how much time you have left before the exam. My only recommendation for improvement in terms of structure mirrors my comments in terms of modularity.

Breaking up key terms and guiding questions would help organization and structure. In terms of the auxiliary materials included in each chapter, the flow might be improved by including primary sources before additional readings.

It stands to reason that instructors would be using and assigning the primary sources for discussion far more frequently than they would talk through the additional materials. I found no problems with the interface. My only concern is about the primary sources being links rather than in the text themselves.

Within each chapter, the text is not culturally insensitive. Yet, the structure of the book and attention given to different geographic regions can be culturally insensitive. I would have really liked to see a textbook that gives less attention to the history of Europe and Israel and provides far more attention to East Asia and the Americas.

For a survey course, the text masterfully delves into early African history and brilliantly reviews the Classical World, Early Islam and Europe.

However, instructors may want to supplement the text with additional readings for topics concerning However, instructors may want to supplement the text with additional readings for topics concerning South America and Southeast Asia. The text is up to date and I have no doubt that the creators will continue to update as necessary. The sections are similarly organized with a good mix of graphs, maps and illustrations. More, it is easy to digest and presents History as a topic of interest, rather than a dry list of figures.

My larger concern is the lack of an index. No worries as a. The result is a text that flows smoothly from one content area to the next. Students are clear in what they can expect from each chapter, in terms of questions, key terms and so on. Some chapters get better treatment with these extras than others. Each region is presented in a manner and layout common to any instructor of World History.

There are two schools of thought with survey texts: There are merits to both methods. I would think a web versions and a. As for the. Great layout, typesetting and design.

I have yet to read a book without error. Could this use another pass from an editor? I am pleased with the range of places and peoples touched on. I would have liked more on South America and Southeast Asia, but those can be supplemented by teachers, per their interest. This book is great for those wanting to adopt a free textbook.

Sure, there are programs available to jailbreak a PDF, but since the license allows remixing, the file should also be available as a.

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The book provides an overview of key regional empires across the world. Such an approach, however, inevitably favors larger states and societies at the expense of smaller ones — understandable, given the breadth of material, and something I find Such an approach, however, inevitably favors larger states and societies at the expense of smaller ones — understandable, given the breadth of material, and something I find in most world history textbooks.

This criticisms noted, writing world history is difficult and the textbook will likely serve well for courses where specific content coverage is mandated by department or college policy. A collected glossary is not provided, but key terms are noted at the start of each chapter. Material covered in the book is accurate and consistent; instructors should not be concerned at undue bias or error.

Content coverage is broad enough that new findings or approaches will not render the text obsolete — and occasional changes for nuance can easily be incorporated. The lists of further reading are the areas most likely to need revisions, and this can be done easily and likely should be for the links to online primary sources, given how quickly web content can shift.

The text is clearly and carefully aimed at an undergraduate audience; terms are not just carefully defined, but defined in such a way to make them accessible to students. The structure of the different chapters is broadly consistent: I found the history sections, however, were consistent in approach and wouldn't expect that students would be confused advancing through the text.

Visual material was similarly consistent in terms of layout and quality. One could fairly easily use a single chapter, or several chapters, without using the remainder of the book. For those teaching world history as a discrete series of introductions to regions of the world, the organization of the book will suit well. Each chapter is effectively a self-contained unit, with a specific story developed over the course of the chapter.

This is perhaps stronger in chapters that treat shorter historical moments e. I found the.

The textbook looked excellent both within the browser and when read within applications. The use of maps and images drawing extensively on Wikimedia, but also including a fair number of high-quality originals is impressive.


The odd typographic error is present, but the proofing and writing is as good as what I see from most professional presses. The occasional awkward phrase is, in my eyes, made up for with simple unassuming prose for the most part — I believe students will find this to be more accessible than much of what I assign them.

The book is careful to avoid obvious pitfalls in terms of cultural insensitivity, and is careful to approach different cultures carefully. The textbook should be relevant for many teaching the first half of the introductory world history survey to For instructors looking for OER resources, the text is lucid, provides a relevant introduction and has an excellent look-and-feel.

It will not suit all instructors, given its pedagogical approach different chapters for different regions , but if you share that approach it will do quite well. Expanded primary document links in some sections would be useful. Overall, the book covers much of the expected content for a course focused on world history. In some areas, like chapter 1 I was looking for a decontextualization of the concept of "prehistory" versus "history", as this is considered a very loaded In some areas, like chapter 1 I was looking for a decontextualization of the concept of "prehistory" versus "history", as this is considered a very loaded term in some contemporary communities and circles.

Also, in Chapter 10, there were many culture areas that were not even introduced here. Even if briefly, I believe it was necessary to introduce students to the culture areas and give an overview of the diversity of Native groups within each.

To cover all of North American in roughly 4 pages is problematic and expansion is necessary here. While I would not say the book had inaccuracies per se, given the breadth of the book, some of the complexities were overlooked. For example, there was no discussion of "Pre-Clovis" when discussing the peopling of the New World.

This section simplified what is a very real and ongoing debate within archaeology and beyond. While most of the references cited were post , I had hoped to see more references from research from to the present, as some very important discoveries have been made in this time.

The book was a very clear and concise read, which was as free of jargon as possible. The definitions also provided the necessary context for the reader. The book was quite consistent throughout, as was evidenced through the same layout and structure between chapters and authors. I particularly liked the questions at the onset and the links to primary sources at the end.

Some chapters were less robust then others, with some chapters ranging only 30 pages, while others were 50 pages in length. If not prefaced, this might impact students sense of the richness of some regions and time periods over others. The organization of the book made logical sense in most instances.

I was unsure of the placement of Chapter 11 on Central Asia right after the Americas however. Global history is a very difficult topic to tackle in a textbook without becoming far too long to be useful to most students or too brief to provide any narrative at all. This book provides adequate coverage. Some chapters provide more depth than Some chapters provide more depth than others.

Some extremely significant events have little coverage in the text or are split oddly across chapters; the Crusades appear in very briefly in Chapter 8 and in some more depth in Chapter 12, for example. Reading the two sections side by side gives the reader a reasonable level of comprehension, but it may not be intuitive.

Coverage on Asia is also somewhat lacking in comparison to events in Europe. There were no obvious errors and, aside from a tendency to focus on European events, the text does not display any strong biases. It is impossible to predict when we will uncover evidence that reveals new data on ancient events. It seems like our timeline for early villages changes every year as new archaeology comes in. That said, most of the content of this book is unlikely to change significantly and those updates should be easy to implement, thanks to the clear section divisions within each chapter.

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I found the text more readable than most commercially available textbooks. I would have liked to see a glossary or short definitions included in the Key Terms section or a section reference directing the reader to the location of that key term , though that's much less of an issue in a electronic text.

The framework throughout the text is consistent and very helpful in locating the information you want to find. The text is broken down into small sections that can easily be referenced and assigned individually or in various combinations. Overall, I found the organization very helpful. Personally, I dislike organizing long sequences of events by geography, rather than emphasizing the connectivity of events.

To return to my example of the Crusades from earlier: Chapter 8 focuses on Islam and the role Saladin played in the Crusades, while Chapter 12 focuses on the European motivations for the Crusades. That organization seems less helpful to me than a single chapter about the Crusades that incorporates both perspectives.

If I were using this text in my class, I would probably cut the text up into a more chronologically consistent narrative. I did not find any of the text culturally insensitive or offensive in any way.

Diversity is at the core of this textbook, as it attempts to address the varied experiences of ancient cultures. The test provides relatively even, if brief, coverage of western and central Eurasia, and somewhat more brief coverage of east Asia and the Americas. There is no glossary, nor any index.

In a PDF, the glossary would seem extraneous, but the In a PDF, the glossary would seem extraneous, but the lack of an index is somewhat confounding. I noticed no counterfactual information in my own areas of specialty; the text seems quite accurate throughout.

In such cramped quarters, there's little room for bias to creep in, and the author seems quite dispassionate in any case. The content is all accurate, but here I do not feel entirely certain that the approaches reflect trends in world systems theory. The author is careful to define terms throughout, and to indicate them in bold face.

The prose skews toward some awkward usages and clause structures, but not toward overlong sentences or needlessly ornate vocabulary. The text is fully internally consistent in its organizational schema, foci, and incorporation of learning tools like maps, boldface terminology, etc. Subheadings are frequent and accurate, and while they could indeed be reorganized, to do so would not change the fundamental approaches or flavor of the text.

The book is well-organized, but I would not say the flow -- in the sense of connecting one segment to the next -- is as strong as it might be.

The goal of world history, from the world systems perspective, is to examine connection and movement, rather than division and insular locality. This text is somewhat bare of that perspective, and one fo the benefits of that perspective is that it helps the reader to explain why they might jump from western Europe to China in a single page-turn.

I do not know if in-browser reading would be a good interface to expect students to use, but if one were to download it and make it available through a platform like Blackboard, that would seem reasonable.

No distortion of images or text was discernable; once downloaded, the document was quite attractive. It was hyperlinked from the table of contents to preclude the need to scroll though the entire document to find a given subsection.

There are no grammar errors here. However, the usage is occasionally clumsy. The authors frequently place modifier phrases in awkward locations in sentences, use needless passives, or structure sentences without a strong subject up-front. I get the impression that the text could use a good editorial pass with an eye for enhancing the elegance of the prose.

Given the topic, this is a text which is automatically culturally inclusive. Cultural content is handled here with reasonable sensitivity and with a kind of egalitarian eye for the complexities of human interaction.

While it does not do as much work as I would prefer, for a college-level text, in discussing world systems rather than discrete segments of the globe, the localized information here is well-presented and easy to find, making the text a very fine reference source for introductory level information.

The book is comprehensive and all-encompassing in the development of states and societies throughout the world. Thus, one gets a more complete picture of some empires and a broad overview of others.

Because this is a book that focuses on the development of states and societies through , the content may never change. However, the interpretation of content through new information may be possible.

The organization of the book by geographical area makes it easy to update if necessary. This book is well written in language that anyone can understand. It is quite easy to understand, and relates history in an interesting manner.

The book is ideal for students of many disciplines because of its organization and content. The framework explores individual geographic regions and the influences upon and between social groups.

The text book is arranged chronologically and geographically as, so it is simple to start reading at any point. Instructors of history may use the entire book as a class text, while instructors of other classes may choose to assign reading for only a region or historical period without any disruption.

The organization of the book is good. The book had no significant interface issues that I could detect. The graphics that are used beautifully illustrate the ideas presented. The book was in no way offensive.

On the contrary, it seeks to explain the daily life of different societies, which is a way of creating understanding between cultures. But at the same time, it depicts the way of life and the subsistence patterns, which give a nice perspective of life in those places.

I would recommend it for studies of students in many different academic disciplines. Being 13 years old, I doubt that he would actually admit it, but I think that he enjoyed World History Detective.

I highly recommend this curriculum to others. After many years of memorizing dates and facts about history and geography in his grammar years, my son was ready for more information to tie the facts together.

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We now have the best conversations and I am experiencing the joy of "watching the lightbulb come on" each and every day as we work through this book! I couldn't be more pleased to see his love for learning grow and anticipate the release of the next volume! It also can replace reading comprehension activities since that is a major function of the lessons.

It might provide a significant amount of composition activity, especially if you use the opportunity to help students develop essay writing skills. Depending upon how often you use the lessons, students can complete World History Detective, Book 1 in one or more years.

A one-year schedule would require at least two lessons per week, but using it alongside another program over a longer period of time should work fine too. A workbook for history?Namespaces Book Discussion. Voices from Chernobyl Belarussian Literature.

And while it does have practice tests, they are not as difficult and as challenging as some of the other review materials on the market. Yet, the uneven coverage does present something of a bias.

As indicated earlier, the book is well-structured and well-organized and hence, not difficult to read, comprehend, consult and use in the classroom. If not prefaced, this might impact students sense of the richness of some regions and time periods over others.

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