Crash Course: World History 2
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 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|