Crash Course: World History 2

In which John Green talks to about the future of Crash Course, in this case is the past, because we're going to teach some more World History.This year, things will be a little more topical. We'll be talking about big ideas like money and debt, disease, and war. And Vikings.

Course Description

Crash Course World History was the first series launched on the Crash Course channel, running from January 26 to November 5, 2012.

On January 26, 2012, the series launched with "The Agricultural Revolution", and a new episode aired on YouTube every Thursday. Throughout an episode, Green, the show's host and executive producer, elaborates on the topic presented at the beginning of the video. Raoul Meyer, an AP World History teacher and Green's former teacher at Indian Springs School, writes the show, with revisions and additions by Green.

Crash Course World History features recurring segments such as "The Open Letter," where Green reads an open letter to a historical figure, period, item, or concept. Occasionally Green converses with a naïve, younger version of himself whom he calls "Me from the past"; this character usually has naïve or obvious questions or statements about the topic. A running joke is that the Mongols are a major exception to most sweeping generalisations in world history. Mentions of this fact cue the "Mongoltage" (a portmanteau of "Mongol" and "montage"), which shows a drawing of Mongols shouting "We're the Exception!" followed by a three-second clip of a scene from the 1961 film "The Mongols" depicting a village raid.

In Crash Course World History, Green frequently encourages his viewers to avoid looking at history through Eurocentrism or "Great Man" History, but to be conscious of a broader historical context. Crash Course World History, filmed in Indianapolis, has a broad following, having attracted millions of viewers. It has a particular appeal to American students taking the AP World History class & exam; many students and teachers use the videos to supplement their courses. Various episodes were featured in online news publications.


Episode 01 Rethinking Civilization
Episode 02  Money & Debt
Episode 03 Disease!
Episode 04 War & Human Nature
Episode 05 War and Civilization
Episode 06 Climate Change, Chaos, and The Little Ice Age
Episode 07 Humans and Energy
Episode 08 Drought and Famine
Episode 09 How World War I Started
Episode 10 Who Started World War I?
Episode 11 The End of Civilization (In the Bronze Age)
Episode 12 The Rise of the West and Historical Methodology
Episode 13 Asian Responses to Imperialism
Episode 14 The Railroad Journey and the Industrial Revolution
Episode 15 Population, Sustainability, and Malthus
Episode 16 Islam and Politics
Episode 17 The Mughal Empire and Historical Reputation
Episode 18 Luther and the Protestant Reformation
Episode 19 Charles V and the Holy Roman Empire
Episode 20 World War II, A War for Resources
Episode 21 Congo and Africa's World War
Episode 22 Water and Classical Civilizations
Episode 23 Conflict in Israel and Palestine
Episode 24 The Vikings!
Episode 25 War and Nation Building in Latin America
Episode 26 Iran's Revolutions
Episode 27 Japan in the Heian Period and Cultural History


Starts August 18, 2015

Course at a Glance

10 weeks of study 2-4 hours/week English English & Vietnamese subtitles