In which John Green teaches you about World War I and how it got started. Crash Course doesn’t usually talk much about dates, but the way that things unfolded in July and August of 1914 are kind of important to understanding the Great War. You’ll learn about Franz Ferdinand, Gavrilo Pincep, the Black Hand, andContinue reading “How World War I Started: Crash Course World History 209”
At the end of our journey through modern European history, we’re taking an episode to look back at how the practice of history developed and what the aim and goals and purpose of history have been. We’ll also take time to consider how we should approach history research and writing going forward.
The 21st century brought a whole new host of challenges to the world, and Europe was no exception. In this video you’ll learn about how an increasingly connected and complex world led to some pretty deep rifts in countries across the continent. We’ll learn about financial crises that rippled across the world. We’ll learn aboutContinue reading “21st Century Challenges: Crash Course European History #49”
In which John looks at what it even means to live in a global age, as we’ve been talking about Europe’s role in the global community for 47 episodes now. But, pedantry aside, the world is more connected than ever, and that has had effects in Europe. Today we’ll investigate how trade, communications, and diseaseContinue reading “Europe in the Global Age: Crash Course European History #48”
The aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact had a huge impact on the countries of Eastern Europe. As the former satellite states turned away from communism and Soviet influence, some of them shifted toward democracy in an orderly way, and some descended into violence and bloodshed and ethnic recrimination.Continue reading “The Fall of Communism: Crash Course European History #47”
In the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, protests and unrest continued continued across Europe, and the Soviet Union was having increasing trouble holding its sphere of influence together. Today you’ll learn about the labor strikes of Poland, the dissident punks of East Germany, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the breakup of theContinue reading “The Soviet Bloc Unwinds: Crash Course European History #46”
The post-World War II decades in Europe are sometimes called the Thirty Glorious Years. As those years wore on, tensions between East and West grew, and economic growth slowed or was unevenly distributed across Europe, protests and dissent arose across the continent. Note from Among the Fray: Now that we have finished World History, weContinue reading “Protests East and West: Crash Course European History #45”