AP European History Review


I. Understanding the Course

A. The AP European History course is structured around six themes:

  1. Interaction of Europe and the World
  2. Poverty and Prosperity
  3. Objective Knowledge and Subjective Vision
  4. States and Other Institutions of Power
  5. Individual and Society
  6. National and European Identity


B. The course is divided into four chronological periods:

  1. c. 1405 to c. 1648
  2. c. 1648 to c. 1815
  3. c. 1815 to c. 1914
  4. c. 1914 to the Present


C. AP European History disciplinary practices and reasoning skills:

  • Analyzing historical evidence
  • Argument development
  • Contextualization
  • Comparison
  • Causation
  • Continuity and change over time


Period Review

Time Periods in AP Euro



II. Understanding the Exam


The AP European History Exam is 3 hours and 15 minutes long and includes a multiple-choice/short-answer section and a free-response section. Each section is divided into two parts.
Section I (60%)
Section II (40%)


Section I: Part A Multiple Choice | 55 Questions | 55 minutes | 40% of Exam Score

  • Questions appear in sets of 2 to 5.
  • You will analyze historical texts, interpretations, and evidence.
  • Primary and secondary sources, images, graphs, and maps are included.


Section I: Part B Short Answer | 3 Questions | 40 minutes | 20% of Exam Score

  • Analyze historians’ interpretations, historical sources, and propositions about history.
  • Questions provide opportunities for you to demonstrate what you know best.
  • Some questions include texts, images, graphs, or maps.
  • Choice between two options for the required short-answer question, each one focusing on a different time period.
    • Question 1 (required): 1600–2001
    • Question 2 (required): 1600–2001
    • Choose between Question 3, periods 1-2, and Question 4, periods 3-4


Section II: Part A Document Based | 1 Question | 60 minutes (includes a 15-minute reading period) | 25% of Exam Score

  • Assess written, quantitative, or visual materials as historical evidence.
  • Develop an argument supported by an analysis of historical evidence.
  • The document-based question will focus on topics from 1600-2001.


Section II: Part B Long Essay | 1 Question | 40 minutes | 15% of Exam Score

  • Explain and analyze significant issues in European history.
  • Develop an argument supported by an analysis of historical evidence.
  • You’ll select from one of three essay choices, each focusing on the same theme and skill but different time periods:
    • Option 1: period 1
    • Option 2: periods 2-3
    • Option 3: periods 3-4

Section I Review

The Multiple Choice
The SAQ


Section II Rubric Review

The DBQ1 (understanding the rubric)
The DBQ2 (using the documents)
The DBQ3 (evidence and understanding)
The LEQ


III. AP Euro Review Material

Cram Packet of Doom
Euro Review
Key Terms
Timeline
Century Chart


IV. Tom Richey Thematic Overview

1. The Italian Renaissance
2. Renaissance Art
3. Humanism
4. Machiavelli
5. Martin Luther's Reformation
6. Calvinism
7. English Reformation
8. French Wars of Religion
9. Absolutism
10. Louis XIV
11. Wars of Louis XIV
12. The War of Spanish Succession
13. Mercantilism
14. Prussian Absolutism
15. Peter the Great
16. Newton and Locke
17. Descartes
18. Bacon and Aristotle The Scientific Revolution
19. Copernicus and Galileo
20. British Agricultural Revolution
21. Deism v. Enlightenment
22. Voltaire
23. Enlightened Absolutism
24. French Revolution
25. The Congress of Vienna
26. 19th century Isms
27. The Revolutions of 1848
28. The Second Industrial Revolution
29. Causes of WWI
30. Treaty of Versailles
31. Totalitarianism
32. Democratic Socialism
33. Northern Renaissance
34. Age of Exploration
35. Thirty Years War


V. John Green Thematic Review

1. The Dark Ages
2. The Crusades
3. The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire
4. Venice and the Ottoman Empire
5. Russia, Kievan and the Mongols
6. The Renaissance
7. Luther and the Protestant Reformation
8. Charles V and the Holy Roman Empire
9. The Spanish Empire
10. The Columbian Exchange
11. The Atlantic Slave Trade
12. The Agricultural Revolution
13. Population, Sustainability, and Malthus
14. The Seven Years War
15. The French Revolution
16. Industrial Revolution
17. Capitalism and Socialism
18. Imperialism
19. World War I
20. World War II
21. USA v. Soviet Union Cold War
22. Decolonization and Nationalism
23. Globalization-the Upside
24. Globalization Good or Bad?