In which John Green teaches you about the post-World War II breakup of most of the European empires.
As you’ll remember from previous installments of Crash Course, Europeans spent several centuries sailing around the world creating empires, despite the fact that most of the places they conquered were perfectly happy to carry on alone.
After World War II, most of these empires collapsed. This is the story of those collapses.
In most places, the end of empire was not orderly, and violence often ensued.
While India was a (sort of) shining example of non-violent change, in places like The Congo, Egypt, Rwanda, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, things didn’t go smoothly at all.
John brings you all this, plus pictures of Sea Monkeys. Sadly, they don’t look anything like those awesome commercials in the comic books.
Note from Among the Fray: To begin April, we will be finishing Crash Course’s World History series. An episode – in chronological order of course – will be posted with the morning news everyday. Enjoy!