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Guides on commonly taught topics in world history along with selected primary and secondary sources, discussion questions, teaching strategies, differentiation, interactive activities, and annotated bibliographies.

Ecology, environment, disease

This module outlines an approach to teaching global history through an examination and analysis of ecology, environment, and disease. It is divided into six sections each of which can serve as the basis for a class period or lecture.

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Cities

This module outlines an approach to teaching global history through an examination and analysis of cities. It is divided into five sections each of which can serve as the basis for a class period or lecture.

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Oceans

This module outlines an approach to teaching global history through an examination and analysis of oceans and seas. It is divided into six sections each of which can serve as the basis for a class period or lecture.

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John Ledyard’s Journal: Using Personal Narratives to Teach World History

For teachers of world history, the question of how different peoples encounter each other is a central concern because these experiences often reveal how interactions and perceptions shape broader patterns of historical change.

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Teaching John Ovington's A Voyage to Surat in the Year 1689 in the AP World History Course

With its strong emphasis on commercial and cultural interactions, the Advanced Placement World History course is enriched by student exposure to the accounts of traders and travelers. From the 15th to the 18th centuries, Indian Ocean trade provided the stage for a rich drama of commercial and cultural interchanges.

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What is Global History

The purpose of this page is to explore how to approach teaching Global History by outlining some of the different questions, developments and methodologies that have been explored during the twentieth century.

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The Collapse of Yugoslavia

This case study examines the rewriting and reworking of Serbian national history that accompanied the breakup of Communist Yugoslavia, especially by intellectuals, and the role such groups played in reconstructing and resurrecting a distinct narrative of Serbia’s national history.

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Songs of the Revolution

Music and singing were fundamentally important parts of the revolutionary experience. Amateurs and formally trained composers alike produced thousands of songs and hymns to celebrate or criticize the Revolution. Men and women sang during revolutionary festivals, in bars, cafés, and theaters, and they fought with others who dared to sing royalist or reactionary songs.

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Hammurabi's Code

An extremely useful source for discussions of Mesopotamian government and society is the Babylonian document Hammurabi’s Code (circa 1780 BCE). One of the most influential codifications of law in ancient history, the text provides students with a concrete example of the expanding influence of centralized government on the personal and professional lives of the general population.

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Women's Travel Writing

Women’s travel writing, long considered the genre of novelists-manqués and second-rate writers, is a rich source for teaching world history.

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