Crash Course World History 2


  • Congo and Africa's World War | Crash Course World History

    Join host John Green to learn about the slightly convoluted history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo - which used to be Zaire, which used to be The Belgian Congo, which used to be the Congo Free State, which used to be the region surrounding the Congo River Basin in central Africa. The history of Congo is central to the history of central Africa - for example, the Congo Wars embroiled neighboring countries like Uganda and Rwanda. John will talk you through the history of Congo and the region.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Water and Classical Civilizations | Crash Course World History

    Join host John Green to learn about water. People cannot live without water, which means it's absolutely necessary for civilization. In this episode, John talks about water in the context of classical civilizations, but not those of Greece or Rome. Instead, we'll explore the Maya civilization in Central America and the Khmer civilization in what is now Cambodia.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Conflict in Israel and Palestine | Crash Course World History

    Join host John Green to learn about conflict in Israel and Palestine. This conflict is often cast as a long-term dispute going back thousands of years and rooted in a clash between religions. As always, there is more to the situation. What is true is that the conflict is immensely complicated - and just about everyone in the world has an opinion about it. Educate yourself by tuning into this episode of Crash Course.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • The Vikings! | Crash Course World History

    Join host John Green to learn about Vikings, one of our most requested subjects on Crash Course. Many of the preconceived notions you have about Vikings may not be true. They weren't simply pagan raiders striking terror into the hearts of defenseless European Christendom. They were some of the greatest travelers of their time, and they weren't always traveling to steal. In many cases, they were traveling to trade. John will teach you about Viking trade goods and Norse Mythology - and some blood, guts, and dragons for good measure.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • War and Nation Building in Latin America | Crash Course World History

    Join host John Green to learn about nation building and nationalism in Latin America. Sometimes, the nations of Latin America get compared to the nations of Europe and are found wanting. However, this comparison doesn't quite work as the rise of democratic, economically powerful nations in Europe came about under a very different set of circumstances than the way nations arose in Latin America. Naturally, the regions are very different. But why? John will explore ideas, including whether or not a lack of international war could have impeded Latin America's growth. On the surface, this may not sound plausible, but tune into this episode of Crash Course to hear a lively discussion on the topic!

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Iran's Revolutions | Crash Course World History

    Join host John Green to learn about Iran's Revolutions. What was the 1979 Iranian Revolution about? As it turns out, Iran has had a long history of unrest in order to put power in the hands of the people. The most recent revolution in 1979 was not necessarily about creating an Islamic state, at least at first. Later, it certainly came to be about that, but it was initially just about people who wanted to get rid of an oppressive regime. Listen up as John teaches you about Iran's long history of revolution.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Japan in the Heian Period and Cultural History | Crash Course World History

    Join host John Green to learn about what westerners call the middle ages and the lives of the aristocracy - in Japan. The Heian period in Japan lasted from 794 CE to 1185 CE, and it was an interesting time in Japan. Rather than being known for a thriving economy, or particularly interesting politics, the most important things to come out of the Heian period were largely cultural. There was a flourishing of art and literature in the period, and a lot of that culture was created by women. The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu was the classic piece of literature of the day, and it gave a detailed look into the way the Aristocrats of the Heian period lived. While this doesn't give a lot of insight into the lives of daily people, it can be very valuable, and the idea of approaching history from a cultural perspective is a refreshing change from the usual military or political history that survives from so many eras.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Nonviolence and Peace Movements | Crash Course World History

    Join host John Green to learn about nonviolence and peace movements in the 20th century. What is nonviolence? What is a peace movement? Traditionally, humans often resort to violence when they come into conflict. In the 20th century, it became much more common for people to enact change by means of nonviolence, and this was a common thread of connection between many of the most notable advocates of peaceful change. Crash Course will take you along a path of nonviolent resistance and peaceful change including Gandhi, Gregg, Bayard Rustin, Martin Luther King, Jr., the Cold War , and the Arab Spring.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Capitalism and the Dutch East India Company | Crash Course World History

    Join host John Green to learn about the Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie, doing business as the VOC, also known as the Dutch East India Company. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the Dutch managed to dominate world trade, and they did so through the pioneering use of corporations and finance. However, not all of their ways were new; traditional methods such as violently enforced monopolies, unfair trade agreements, and warfare also played a role in their growth. You'll learn how the Dutch came up with inventions including joint stock corporations, maritime insurance, and futures trading... and how all this affected the US economy in 2008.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Democracy, Authoritarian Capitalism, and China | Crash Course World History

    Join host John Green to learn about the reach of government, growing economies, and potentially the end of the world as we know it. For the last hundred years or so, a seemingly important ingredient for running an economically successful country has been a Western-style democratic government. All evidence has pointed to the idea that capitalist representative democracies make for the best economic outcomes. It turns out that such a government isn't the only way to succeed. Over the past forty or so years, authoritarian capitalism as it is practiced in places like China and Singapore has been working really, really well. John will look at these systems and talk about why they work, and he'll even make a few predictions about the future.

    Grades: 9-13+

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