AP World History: Example Textbook List

The list below represents examples of textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of AP World History. The list below is not exhaustive and the texts listed should not be regarded as endorsed, authorized, recommended, or approved by the College Board. Not using a book from this list does not mean that a course will not receive authorization. Syllabi submitted as part of the AP Course Audit process will be evaluated holistically, with textbooks considered along with supplementary, supporting resources to confirm that the course as a whole provides students with the content delineated in the curricular requirements of the AP Course Audit.

The specified editions of the following textbooks meet the AP World History AP Course Audit curricular requirements. Earlier editions of these texts or other textbooks not listed here may meet the AP Course Audit curricular requirements if supplemented with appropriate college-level instructional resources. For discussions regarding the usefulness of these texts and other teaching materials in the AP World History classroom, please consult the AP World History Teacher Community.


Index of Textbooks

Adas, Michael, Marc J. Gilbert, Peter Stearns, and Stuart B. Schwartz. World Civilizations: The Global Experience. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. All editions published from 2007 to the present.

Bentley, Jerry and Herbert Ziegler. Traditions and Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past. New York: McGraw-Hill. All editions published from 2007 to the present.

Bulliet, Richard, Daniel R. Headrick, David Northrup, Lyman L. Johnson, and Pamela Kyle Crossley. The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History,. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. All editions published from 2007 to the present.

Dunn, Ross E. and Laura J. Mitchell. Panorama: A World History. New York: McGraw-Hill. All editions published from 2014 to the present.

Fernandez-Armesto, Felipe. The World: A History. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. All editions published from 2006 to the present.

Hansen, Valerie, and Kenneth R. Curtis. Voyages in World History. Boston: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning. All editions published from 2008 to the present

Lockard, Craig A. Societies, Networks, and Transitions: A Global History. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. All editions published from 2008 to the present.

Reilly, Kevin. The Human Journey. New York: Rowman & Littlefield. All editions published from 2012 to the present.

Spodek, Howard. World's History. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. All editions published from 2005 to the present.

Strayer, Robert W. Ways of the World: A Global History. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s. All editions published from 2009 to the present.

Tignor, Robert, et al. Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the World from the Beginnings of Humankind to the Present. New York: W.W. Norton. All editions published from 2008 to the present

Von Sivers, Peter, Charles A. Desnoyers and George Stow. Patterns of World History. New York: Oxford University Press. All editions published from 2011 to the present.


AP World History Supplementary Readers

Andrea, Alfred J., and James H. Overfield. The Human Record: Sources of Global History. Vols. 1 and 2. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. All editions published from 1998 to the present. .

Johnson, Oliver A., and James Halverson. Sources of World Civilization. Vols. 1 and 2. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. All editions published from 1999 to the present.

Kishlansky, Mark, and Susan Lindsey Lively. Sources of World History: Readings for World Civilization. Vols. 1 and 2. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. All editions published from 1998 to the present.

Pomeranz, Kenneth L., James B. Given, and Laura J. Mitchell. Worlds Together, Worlds Apart, A Companion Reader. New York: W.W. Norton. All editions published from 2010 to the present.

Reilly, Kevin. Worlds of History: A Comparative Reader. Vols. 1 and 2. New York: Bedford/St. Martin's. All editions published from 1999 to the present.

Sherman, Dennis, David Rosner, Tom A. Grunfield, Gerald Markowitz, and Linda Heywood. World Civilizations: Sources, Images and Interpretations. Vols. 1 and 2. New York: McGraw-Hill. All editions published from 1997 to the present.

Stearns, Peter, Stephen S. Gosch, and Erwin P. Grieshaber. Documents in World History. Vols. 1 and 2. New York: Longman. All editions published from 1998 to the present.

Wiesner, Merry E., William Bruce Wheeler, Franklin M. Doeringer, and Melvin E. Page. Discovering the Global Past: A Look at the Evidence. Vols. 1 and 2. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. All editions published from 1997 to the present.

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