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Wed Feb 22, 2012, 11:50 PM

Crash Course

http://www.youtube.com/user/crashcourse

Great new series on world history. Probably more interesting for history teachers than students. But I'll find out, cause when I'm teaching world history next year, I'll be showing these vids to my kids each week.

Below in this discussion thread will be links to the individual installments.

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Bucky Feb 2012 OP
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ellisonz Feb 2012 #5
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Odin2005 May 2012 #19
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Lucky Luciano Jun 2012 #26
Left coast liberal Jun 2012 #27
Iwillnevergiveup Jun 2012 #28
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Response to Bucky (Original post)

Wed Feb 22, 2012, 11:51 PM

1. #1 The Agricultural Revolution (actually should be "Neolithic Revolution")

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Response to Bucky (Original post)

Wed Feb 22, 2012, 11:55 PM

2. #2 The Indus Valley Civilization



Texas world history curriculum gives short shrift to the Indus Valley Civs. Yes, I know they invented streets and plumbing, but we zip straight from invention of farming to the Fertile Crescent, because the Sumerians invented kicking ass.

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Response to Bucky (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2012, 12:00 AM

3. #3 Mesopotamia



No love for the Hittites, it appears.

Bonus video...



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Response to Bucky (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2012, 12:05 AM

4. #4 Ancient Egypt



Haven't viewed this one yet. Grades are due by the morning.

Bonus video...

<== probably predictable

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Response to Bucky (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2012, 11:42 AM

5. You forgot Poland!

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #5)

Sat Feb 25, 2012, 11:42 AM

6. sigh

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Response to Bucky (Original post)

Tue Mar 6, 2012, 05:22 AM

7. #5 Persia vs Greece



Look what comes out of that apple in the opening credits... oh my!

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Tue Mar 6, 2012, 05:28 AM

8. #6 Ancient India (including the Buddha)



John Green recastes Indian history. Ha ha, get it? Re-castes I kill me!

Bonus video: The Life Of The Buddha (Full BBC Documentary- in HQ and in living color)

<== actual size

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Fri Mar 30, 2012, 10:15 PM

9. #7 China. All of its history in 12 minutes. Wow

Crowded, but well ordered. How apropos!



Bonus video: If this is Zhōngguˇ, you must be Billy Joel


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Fri Mar 30, 2012, 10:21 PM

10. #8 Alexander the Great spreads Greece



Greeks vs Persians, Round 3. And now...

Here's the opposing view.

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Response to Bucky (Original post)

Fri Mar 30, 2012, 10:30 PM

11. #9 The Silk Road and Ancient Trade






Recommended online exploration: Indian Ocean History.org

Indian Ocean History's a great site to let your students explore!




Recommended companion reader:

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Response to Bucky (Original post)

Fri Mar 30, 2012, 10:37 PM

12. #10 Rome

Romulus and Remus invented man-on-dog, by the way. You're welcome, Senator.

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Response to Bucky (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 05:16 AM

13. #11 Christianity



Think about it this way: if there was no Christianity, we'd never have had "Jingle Bell Rock"

Here's a more critical take on the whole Jesus is God thing, based on the Didache of the Apostles


And more detail on Emperor Constantine, who after Paul was the second most important Christian in history,


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Sat Apr 14, 2012, 08:27 PM

14. #12 The Fall of Rome, followed by the Fall of Rome



Why Rome really fell

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Sat May 5, 2012, 03:13 PM

15. #13 Islam, the Quran, and the Five Pillars

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Response to Bucky (Reply #15)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 03:09 PM

38. Therefor I am

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Sat May 5, 2012, 03:20 PM

16. #14 The Dark Ages



More on the Dark Ages

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Sat May 5, 2012, 03:30 PM

17. #15 The Crusades, such as they were




Bonus material: footage of actual Crusaders in action

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Sat May 12, 2012, 11:17 PM

18. #16 Mansa Musa, Mali, and the East African Swahili trading states



Also... Crash Course bloopers.

and yet no Ed McMahon

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Response to Bucky (Reply #18)

Sun May 13, 2012, 12:06 AM

19. I love Mansa Musa, thanks!

I remember reading a kids history book when I was little and it had a beautiful illustration of Mansa Musa on the Hajj and the story of him giving away so much gold to poor people it caused inflation! I thought he was cool!

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Sun May 20, 2012, 06:47 PM

21. #17 The Mongols!!



Bonus: John Wayne talks to his mama in Mongolian



Another Bonus: John Wayne kisses his wife-to-be in Mongolian



(not recommended for amateurs)

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Fri May 25, 2012, 07:11 PM

22. #18 Indian Ocean Trade





More details at Indian Ocean History.org (but skip the intro and go straight to the maps).

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Response to Bucky (Original post)

Sun Jun 3, 2012, 02:00 PM

23. #19 Venice and the Ottoman Empire (plus ballless Russian slave soldiers)

That's ballless as in testicle-free and heavily armed.







Eunuchs, what a barbaric practice. There's no way you'd find people eunuching perfectly healthy males in America, right? Right?



I'm sorry for posting that.

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Mon Jun 11, 2012, 05:58 PM

24. #20 Russia, the Kievan Rus, and the Mongols

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Fri Jun 15, 2012, 02:49 PM

25. #21 Columbus, de Gama, and Zheng He



More on Zheng He. But don't believe anyone who gives you some crap about 1421. Zheng He never came to America.



(with subtitles for you nonEnglish speakers)

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Sat Jun 16, 2012, 10:45 PM

26. Marking for later. Sounds promising. nt

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Response to Bucky (Original post)

Sun Jun 17, 2012, 11:01 PM

27. My 13 yr old loves these! John Green is super-dude in our house.

Check out the Vlogbrothers too.



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Mon Jun 18, 2012, 02:24 AM

28. Thank you, Bucky

You put a great deal of time and energy into this project - you are a true teacher! Only wish I could give you a nice big raise!

K&R

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Fri Jun 22, 2012, 12:21 AM

29. #22 The European Renaissance





Some Renny music to chill you out and make you think neoclassical thoughts





Provocative questions about the diffusion of Renaissance culture





A French "gangsteur" hip-hop song called "Le Renaissance"

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Thu Jul 5, 2012, 10:51 PM

30. #23 The Columbian Exchange

Probably the most important event in Earth history, except that it's not quite an event

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Thu Jul 5, 2012, 10:54 PM

31. #24 The Atlantic Slave Trade

Technically, part of the Columbian Exchange



Also, this is the "non-fun" video in the series

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Sat Aug 18, 2012, 01:17 PM

32. #25 The Spanish Empire



What's this lesson from history got to do with America? Noam Chomsky has a few thoughts...



This is what it looks like on a map


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Sat Aug 18, 2012, 01:28 PM

33. #26 The Seven Year War (but really the French and Indian War)



And, as with all great movies, the thing you remember is the action sequence. So here's the car chase scene...



(well, it's by a highway anyway)

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Sat Aug 18, 2012, 01:47 PM

34. #27 Captain Cook meets the Hawaiians... poorly



As usual, John puts most of his time into showing how bad ethnocentrism is. Alright, we get it already. One way you can tell the difference between a writer and a teacher is that, at some point, a teacher stops asking leading questions and starts giving the audience room to form their own conclusions. I've only read one of John's books, but I think he's a great writer.

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Sat Aug 18, 2012, 02:16 PM

35. #28 Tea, Taxes, Mr. T, and the American Revolution



Stuff about the Enlightenment

Thom Hartmann tells you the truth about the Boston Tea Party (spoiler: it was a protest against tax breaks, in the form of a bail-out, to a large multinational corporation, the BEIC)



And the truth about the Minute Men




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Sat Aug 18, 2012, 02:30 PM

36. #29 The French Revolution

(not nicknamed the Freedom Revolution by the Republican Congressional Caucus)



The answer to the most obvious question about the Guillotine: does the brain retain consciousness after decapitation?



Editorial note: the French Revolution progressed more or less the way any violent activity would if it was run by the posters from GD.


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Sat Aug 18, 2012, 03:01 PM

37. #30 The Haitian Revolution (and a tragic unexpected plot twist!)

John's new toupee



This is the penultimate episode of the section on the Atlantic Revolutions, which is a category that a lot of people have never heard of. Fortunately, the good people at Wikipedia provide you with a more comprehensive list of revolutions of the Atlantic Revolutions.

You should also have a better overview of the practical impact of the Enlightenment, which was the philosophical basis for all the Atlantic Revolutions. Here it is delivered to you in the form of a horrendous geekgasm:



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Mon Sep 17, 2012, 05:46 PM

39. #31 Latin American Revolutions

Not enough Bernardo O'Higgins, and the mispronunciations drive me bananas. Or maybe plaintains.



Honestly, I need to look up more sources for this. It's a big topic and John Green for once left me feeling a little dissatisfied.

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Mon Sep 17, 2012, 05:50 PM

40. #32 Coal, Steam, and the Industrial Revolution

This is where history actually begins. Everything before week 32 is prologue. You could actually start a world history course at 1750 and not miss a damn thing. But that's because the past is prologue. That's a profound observation, Bucky. Maybe I should copyright that.




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Mon Sep 17, 2012, 05:54 PM

41. #33 Capitalism and Socialism

Marx and Ingalls



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