World History - Crash Course

Learn about the history of the world. Created by CrashCourse.

Average Course Length

12 hours

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1: The Agricultural Revolution
2: Indus Valley Civilization
3: Mesopotamia
4: Ancient Egypt
5: The Persians & Greeks
6: Buddha and Ashoka
7: ‎2,000 Years of Chinese History! The Mandate of Heaven and Confucius
8: Alexander the Great and the Situation ... the Great?
9: The Silk Road and Ancient Trade
10: The Roman Empire. Or Republic. Or...Which Was It?
11: Christianity from Judaism to Constantine
12: Fall of The Roman the 15th Century
13: Islam, the Quran, and the Five Pillars All Without a Flamewar
14: The Dark Ages...How Dark Were They, Really?
15: The Crusades - Pilgrimage or Holy War?
16: Mansa Musa and Islam in Africa
17: Wait For It...The Mongols!
18: Int'l Commerce, Snorkeling Camels, and The Indian Ocean Trade
19: Venice and the Ottoman Empire
20: Russia, the Kievan Rus, and the Mongols
21: Columbus, de Gama, and Zheng He! 15th Century Mariners
22: The Renaissance: Was it a Thing?
23: The Columbian Exchange
24: The Atlantic Slave Trade
25: The Spanish Empire, Silver, & Runaway Inflation
26: The Seven Years War
27: The Amazing Life and Strange Death of Captain Cook
28: Tea, Taxes, and The American Revolution
29: The French Revolution
30: Haitian Revolutions
31: Latin American Revolutions
32: Coal, Steam, and The Industrial Revolution
33: Capitalism and Socialism
34: Samurai, Daimyo, Matthew Perry, and Nationalism
35: Imperialism
36: Archdukes, Cynicism, and World War I
37: Communists, Nationalists, and China's Revolutions
38: World War II
39: USA vs USSR Fight! The Cold War
40: Decolonization and Nationalism Triumphant
41: Globalization I - The Upside
42: Globalization II - Good or Bad?
43: Rethinking Civilization
44: Money & Debt
45: Disease!
46: War & Human Nature
47: War and Civilization
48: Climate Change, Chaos, and The Little Ice Age
49: Humans and Energy
50: Drought and Famine
51: HOW World War I Started
52: Who Started World War I
53: The End of Civilization (In the Bronze Age)
54: The Rise of the West and Historical Methodology
55: Asian Responses to Imperialism
56: The Railroad Journey and the Industrial Revolution
57: Population, Sustainability, and Malthus
58: Islam and Politics
59: The Mughal Empire and Historical Reputation
60: Luther and the Protestant Reformation
61: Charles V and the Holy Roman Empire
62: World War II, A War for Resources
63: Congo and Africa's World War
64: Water and Classical Civilizations
65: Conflict in Israel and Palestine
66: The Vikings!
67: War and Nation Building in Latin America
68: Iran's Revolutions
69: Japan in the Heian Period and Cultural History
70: Nonviolence and Peace Movements:
71: Capitalism and the Dutch East India Company
72: Democracy, Authoritarian Capitalism, and China