Advanced Placement European History

Welcome to AP European History.  This course is designed to be a college level course that, upon successfully passing the AP European History test, you may receive college credit for.  If you haven’t already done so, you can and should sign up for an account at the College Board

What you need to know about this class:  

1. It will be challenging

2. It will be rigorous

3. There will be a great deal of reading and writing

4. It is what you choose to make it – which means it will be incredibly fun, interesting, and engaging, or you’ll hate it.

5. Here is a link to AP Historical Thinking Skills – refer back to it frequently – You’ll need it.

What you need to know about me:

1. I have a degree in History, but my concentration is in European History – What that means for you is I’m full of all kinds of information. If you want to know something, ask.

2.My historical “crush” *cough* obsession *cough* is Richard III.

3. I took this class 1000 years ago when I was a senior here. I loved it then.  I still do.

4. I LOVE European History.  I realize that you’re probably thinking, “No one loves European History.” You’re wrong…I do.

5. I’ve been teaching some form of European History for the last 19 years.  It’s my thing.

6. I’m almost never absent.

This page will be dedicated to AP European History.  Here you will find a copy of the syllabus, the summer work, and the required reading assignments.


Summer Assignment:

Part 1: Map Exercise Due 1st day of class. There will be a map quiz on the first day. Be prepared. 

Part 2: Kagan readings, notes, and responses will be due on the first day of class as well. There will be a multiple choice test on the second day of class on those readings. You may use HANDWRITTEN notes on the test.

Advanced Placement European History 

AP European History Summer Work Summer Work Instructions

 It is acceptable for students to form study groups to discuss the content; understanding often comes from actively discussing and explaining material. However, splitting up the assignment, stealing (with or without permission) another student’s answers, or any other degree of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will result in a zero. Please keep in mind that late work is unacceptable without an appropriately excused absence.


Part I: Map of Europe

  1. Reference the “Map Instructions” handout to complete the Map of Europe assignment.
  2. On the first day of class, students will be tested on both the political and physical maps of Europe, without the use of a word bank.


Part II: Kagan’s The Western Heritage; Ninth Edition; Chapter 9

  1. Reference the “Reading Instructions” handout to complete The Western Heritage assignment.
  2. On the second day of class, students will take a multiple-choice test on the selected passage from The Western Heritage, in which you can use HANDWRITTEN, unique notes you took while reading the text. Please use the link below to access the instructions for this part of the assignment.

AP European History reading

If you have any questions about the assignment or the class, please feel free to contact me by email.  I am always happy to hear from students.




WIKIPEDIA is not an acceptable source for this paper (Or any paper!!).  You must include a works cited page and MLA formatting in your paper.

There will also be books that you will be required to read on your own during this course and write reports on. The first book we will read during the school year is The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli.  We will read approximately 5 – 6 books during the year that relate to the units that we will be studying.  You may need to borrow these books from the library or purchase them. You will complete the same book report/review activity for all of them. Most of them will be fairly short.  The reading will be done on your own. All of the worksheets/required readings/questions etc. are included after the title of each book.

I do have some copies of some of these books.  I don’t have a full class set of any of them (Except All Quiet on the Western Front).  To keep things fair, I will alternate who gets copies of the ones I have so that no one has to buy all the books all the time.  This is the best I can do.  Some of these books are available for free on Project Gutenberg.  Some are available at the public library.  

The Prince – Niccolo Machiavelli (Renaissance)

Ebook: The Prince Ebook Downloads


Utopia – Sir Thomas More (Renaissance)

Ebook: Project Gutenberg: Utopia

Utopia Questions:

Candide – Voltaire (Enlightenment)

Ebook: Project Gutenberg Candide Online

Candide Reading Analysis

The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx (19th Century Revolution)

Ebook: The Communist Manifesto online downloads

The Communist Manifesto questions

All Quiet on the Western Front –  Eric Maria Remarque (WWI)

All Quiet Essay Topics   All Quiet discussion and reading

Hiroshima – John Hersey (WWII)


Maus I and Maus II – Art Spiegelman  (You will need to buy yourself a copy of these two or you will need to see if they carry them in the public library.) I recommend getting The Complete Maus.  It’s both graphic memoirs in one combined text.  

close reading maus

Finally: You will be required to read two texts on your own and be prepared to discuss them in detail. The first is Napoleon and Hitler the other is a historical text of your choice.  It can be fiction or non-fiction but has to cover one of the time periods we focus on. You will do a critical historical reading of both texts.  That means that you should take notes on the text, write down any questions you may have, etc. 

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