AP European History Timeline

My first ever AP course was also probably my hardest. European history was the only subject available in the Advanced Placement course for sophomores, and everyone was taking it so why not? How hard could it be?

Throughout the course, my sense of chronology was completely off. The only thing I knew was that in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Prior to the final exam in the spring, I created a timeline to help me remember. It proved to be an interesting design challenge to say the least.

Especially reflecting the fact that religion died down dramatically as a motivator in European history. This was also pre-Photoshop/InDesign days for me, so it was made entirely in Apple’s Pages program. The full dimensions came out to be 17 x 31″; essentially three 11 x 17″ sheets of paper put together with one inch of overlap at each intersection. Also, not to deny anyone the satisfaction of examining every aspect of Europe’s history in full, uncompressed glory, I’ll also include the PDF

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4 Comments

  1. Julie
    Posted April 25, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Your timeline is great! I printed the PDF and it is sooooo tiny. Can you send me a way to make it readable? Can I print it on 3 8.5×11 sheets?
    Thanks for the help!!

    • Zach Hoskins
      Posted May 19, 2011 at 12:15 am | Permalink

      Hi Julie. Sorry, the PDF is designed to be printed on paper much, much larger than 8.5×11. The best I can tell you is to refer to it on your computer.

  2. Eric
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    Just stumbled upon this, and felt the need to let you know that this is fantastic. I’m taking AP Euro this year and will definitely be using this as a reference. Thanks!

  3. Hayley
    Posted April 8, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Oh my goodness! You are amazing and thanks for the help this is an amazing timeline!

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