World History

World History Topics

Historical Periodization

World History course content is structured around the investigation of course themes and key concepts in six chronological periods. The six historical periods, from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present, provide a temporal framework for the course.
Period Period Title
Date Range
Technological and Environmental Transformations
to c. 600 B.C.E.
Organization and Reorganization of Human Societies
c. 600 B.C.E. to c. 600 C.E.
Regional and Transregional Interactions
c. 600 C.E. to c. 1450
Global Interactions
c. 1450 to c. 1750
Industrialization and Global Integration
c. 1750 to c. 1900
Accelerating Global Change and Realignments
c. 1900 to the present

Historical Themes

1. Interaction between humans and the environment
1. Demography and Disease
2. Migration
3. Patterns of Settlement
4. Technology
2. Development and interaction of cultures
1. Religions
2. Belief Systems, philosophies, and ideologies
3. Science and Technology
4. The arts and architecture
3. State-building, expansion and conflict
1. Political Structures and forms of governance
2. Empires
3. Nations and nationalism
4. Revolts and revolutions
5. Regional, transregional, and global structures and organizations
4. Creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems
1. Agricultural and pastoral production
2. Trade and Commerce
3. Labor Systems
4. Industrialization
5. Capitalism and socialism
5. Development and transformation of social structures
1. Gender roles and relations
2. Family and kinship
3. Racial and ethnic constructions
4. Social and economic classes