Crash Course: World History
Crash Course is a YouTube channel featuring short, fast-paced video lessons about World History.
Videos move very quickly, almost frantically at times, making them more like entertaining overviews of these topics than serious lessons.
There are a couple of innuendos thrown into both videos, so watch them and use your discretion before showing them in your classroom.
John Green investigates: The dawn of human civilization. How people gave up hunting and gathering to become agriculturalists. How that change has influenced the world we live in today.
Indus Valley Civilization, one of the largest of the ancient civilizations. Who, how, when, where and why of the Indus Valley Civilization. Mesopotamia, and the early civilizations that arose around the Fertile Crescent. The birth of territorial kingdoms, empires, Neo-Assyrian torture tactics, sacred marriages, ancient labor practices, the world's first law code.
Condensed history of India, post-Indus Valley Civilization. John explores Hinduism and the origins of Buddhism. He also gets into the reign of Ashoka, the Buddhist emperor who, in spite of Buddhism's structural disapproval of violence, managed to win a bunch of battles.
Fantastic springboard for kids and history lovers. good for those seeking a basic time line. Lots of information squeezed into 11 minutes. John is sincere, smart, original.
Fantastic for kids and folks looking for a springboard into a deeper study of the topic. good for establishing a basic time line. All squeezed into 11 minutes. The presenter is charming, entertaining, original.
Manic presentation. Cannot watch this ! What is this guy on ?
My son's high school teacher is actually having them take notes from Green's videos. I can see it as a quick overview and entertaining but not to study and take a test from.
World History today is biased. They don't mention all the killing that socialist leaders have inflicted on their people. Hitler was a Socialist. They mention child labor in Capitalism but today there are laws against such labor. Kids did not go to college but learned a trade within their family business. Even today kids of farmers get up early to do work on the farm before school. Im sure the attitude of kids today is different who do nothing but go to school for socializing and come home to TV and video games and never get punished. US educational scores keep going down while more money is put into education for more indoctrination. They are indoctrinated by videos and teaching such as these videos to accept Socialism, Communism and hate our Constitution. You are just making drone children who will go with whatever video they are influenced by. I am not showing this to my kids.
It would be nice to see this guy run for office.
Sweet Videos man. I have limited perspective knowledge of History and it's nice to sample a couple of videos on this one day at a time. It give's me insight and sparks curiosity into the subject. Don't listen to the elitist haters watching expecting a PHD lecture on minute details spanning an hour or more, it's a fantastic lecture summary of a subject in bite size pieces! Keep up the good work! You are educating our household in a social which is great!
These are very poor videos. It's too silly and so much important stuff is just glossed over or ignored. It's like it's designed for people with severe ADHD. It goes full speed ahead at all times trying to keep the viewer's attention, but at the cost of details. Even the information that is given is gone through so fast that you may even have a hard time remembering some of it right after watching. I wouldn't even recommend this for middle and high school students. If you really want to learn history, you shouldn't even consider watching these crash course videos.
BTW, besides all the other things he mentions the silk road carrying, he should have added religious ideas.
Wow, Lee Gee. Your attention span is so short and your perspective so biased that you assumed the whole story he wanted to tell wan enveloped in the first 45 seconds. The rest of you, watch the whole thing - a beautiful tour de force of world history, with social reflection interespersed
the presenter was so annoying and unfunny that I could not bring myself to watch what was obviously going to be a stupid dumbed down American McHistory lesson
great to see the script now! thank you!
Was wondering about Taboos
Things That shoul Not Be Done
Where am i going with this, one wonders-
Well, cannibalism and incest really became taboos and were socially internalised, sauf the odd exception
but rape and slavery; Things That ShoulD Not Be Done . . ALSO
yet they were massively done, in war in peace alike
Can t say I understand human morality all that well -
where to start, if the beginning is just an artificial concept-
and Hey , i m just talking about beginning my commentary
this documentary is indeed Hyper and clappy and so many Awsomes in it that it grates on the average Nonamerican s NERVE a little bit but its also brilliantly witty and informative, i d venture to say everybody can watch it , not just the very Old who might ve forgotten, or the very young who mightn know anything
he entioned selectively ashoka,who was also highlighted in HG Well s History of the world ,yet most ppl still havent ever heard of him
And yessss, that includes Indians, apparently
i think despite the prsenters obvious awareness of patriarchy , he could ve make more or indeed SOME MENTION OF MATRIRCHY BECAUSE BECAUSE AS A HISTORICAL AND CULRURAL CONCEPT THERE S STILL V LITTLE ATTENTION PAID TO IT BY, PEOPLE OF BOTH GENDERS
AND YEAH, AS HE SAID, HALF OF THE POPULATION CONSISTS OFWOMEN
Viewed them all #1 to #42 at one sitting.
I look forward to the literature course.
Why " BCE " & " CE " rather than " BC " & " AD "?.
unless, of course.... wait for it.... you're the mongols. light hearted, rapid fire, tongue in cheek, yet informative. however, don't believe vlatko, there's actually like 8 hours of these on the playlist (42 episodes at between 11 and 14 minutes each). well worth the watch.
The 99 cent double cheeseburger in the 1st? episode is a good metaphor.
-fast food -Fast!
dont complain if you cant keep up, as i know i can read a hell of a lot faster than he can speak, so why on earth cant you keep up with a man speaking?
your attention is too short to actually listen to somebody other than your own voice for any extended period of time,
thats why : P
I find it interesting that you use the word "Christianity" with a broad stroke to say that slavery in America was perpetuated by the Old Testament, specifically the Mosaic Law. I would remind you that the denominations of Christian churches in America were split over issue of slavery, much like the Roman Catholic Church and Protestants in general are over the issue of birth control and abortion.
One example of church disagreement over slavery in America was the Baptist church. The Southern Baptist Church of today finds its roots in an effort to promote slavery as "God ordained" from the pulpit. The Baptists in the North usually sided with Abolitionalists.
Love your series. Keep up the good word--history rocks!
Where can i buy all of these videos
I teach high school history and govt and i love your videos
please let us know
This is pretty good, I wish he didnt take the lolsorandom angle so much but still theres a lot of information here and I like the fast paced delivery, possibly because I have a very short attention span
Could the Columbian Exchange be a bigger picture of evolution as a whole?
A comedy told from the socialist point of view, and, based on presentation, aimed at six year olds.
Don't waste your time
This is really great. He's not all about comedy. If you get to the later videos he asks really meaningful questions. See "Colombian Exchange" and the ones about slavery.
wonderful. is the script available? i am asking because i want to watch the whole thing many additional times, and having the transcript would help me - and probably many others - to keep up with the pace and to look up things we wish to learn more about... but if not, I will start taking fast and furious notes! thank you thank you.
He needs to slow down and allow people time to filter. There are millions of students all over the world that could and would benefit, if he learned to be less hyper.
On the second video, at 3:08, what were the two rivers, the Indus and something with a S
You would think a "historian" who claims to know something about Roman history and culture would know the definition of, and not misuse, the word "decimation", as most people seem to do these days. Epic failure.
this guy is hilarious
God I love Crash Course.
I loved this video like anything... We need this kind of TV programs in Indian television, We are really bored with never ending TV serials and other boring stuff- Ashwatha
I love that Crash course got on here!
A very welcome initiative this is.
I LOVE CRASH COURSE BECAUSE I AM... WAIT FOR IT... A MONGOL
I'll stick with William Federer
CRASHCOURSE IS EPICLY AWESOME!!!!!!!
This is absolutely brilliant.
The need for this "teacher" to crack childish jokes every two minutes is an indicator of the quality of these videos and their depth of historical understanding.
I'm not a native english speaker and I don't find this to be too fast-paced to be followed. It's very instructive and I love having a lot of information given to me quickly, I think it helps make connections between everything he says. Sometimes when he goes off topic it's a bit annoying because you have to refocus and discard the information that has been given to you. But please continue doing this.
This is a great idea, he talks way too fast and I find it worthless.
What a wonderful idea! What a great way to bring people up to speed.
I absolutely love this -- it makes me think of Good Eats with Alton Brown, so maybe I am used to the fast-paced style -- but it is exactly what I wanted in a history series. I do love the slower, narrative type docs like Victorian Farm or History of the Home, but this is a lot more fun. I would show these to students after teaching the topics, as a review -- crash course, after all.
Anyone who complains about this show clearly does not understand how John and Hank Green are and run their channels. They're an incredible team with so many side projects, amazing books authored by John Green and just good people all around!
ugh unwatchable! There is a big difference between speaking to someone and AT someone.
People who consider others very stupid and talk down to them like this host (especially when doing so with elitist compassion) are so annoying... even when I was a child I found adults who treated me like this very annoying. Just because my brain wasn't fully developed and I didn't have much life experience didn't mean I was completely brain-dead, nor that I had the attention span of a goldfish...
That is scoodlypooping awesome! However, honey badger doesn't give a ****.
Really, thanks for this epic series. It is obvious that lots of efforts were made. Narrator is great, funny graphics and minute details bring a nice comforting and inspiring feeling. Stay awesome!
I had to shut down, this unfunny "PG" family pinky "Documentary" or show
My laptop couldn't keep up, so had to close it before lappy had a nervous breakdown!
Fun for the whole family.