• The French Revolution: Crash Course World History #29
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    The French Revolution: Crash Course World History #29

    Hi, my name is John Green, this is Crash Course World History, and today we’re going to talk about The French Revolution. Admittedly, this wasn’t the French flag until 1794, but we just felt like he looked good in stripes. As does this guy. Huh? So, while the American Revolution is considered a pretty good thing, the French Revolution is often seen as a bloody, anarchic mess, which… Mr. Green, Mr. Green! I bet, like always, it’s way more complicated than that. Actually no. It was pretty terrible. Also, like a lot of revolutions, in the end it exchanged an authoritarian regime for an authoritarian regime. But even if the…

  • Tea, Taxes, and The American Revolution: Crash Course World History #28
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    Tea, Taxes, and The American Revolution: Crash Course World History #28

    Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course World History and today you aren’t going to get a blow by blow chronology of the American Revolution, and you aren’t going to get cool biographical details about Thomas Jefferson or George Washington. But you are going to get me not wearing any pants. Mr. Green, Mr. Green! Did you know that George Washington might have had slave teeth implanted into his jaw? Yeah, I did, Me from the Past, and while it’s fun to focus on metaphorically resonant details, what we’re concerned with here is why the American Revolution happened and the extent to which it was actually revolutionary. Plus, for…

  • Karl Marx & Conflict Theory: Crash Course Sociology #6
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    Karl Marx & Conflict Theory: Crash Course Sociology #6

    You’ve probably heard of Karl Marx. He’s remembered as the father of divisive political movements, and his name is sometimes still thrown around in American politics as a kind of slur. But I don’t want to talk about that. I want to talk about Marx the philosopher. Marx the scholar. In the 19th century, a time defined by radical inequality and rapid technological and political change in Europe, Marx was concerned with one question: What does it mean to be free? Starting from this question, Marx developed an entire theory of history. And in doing so, he laid the foundation for the paradigm of conflict theory in sociology, ultimately pushing…

  • The Seven Years War and the Great Awakening: Crash Course US History #5
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    The Seven Years War and the Great Awakening: Crash Course US History #5

    Hi, I’m John Green. This is Crash Course U.S. History. And today we’re going to discuss the events that led to the events that led to the American revolution. So, we’ll begin with the Seven Years War which, as Crash Course World History fans will remember, Winston Churchill referred to as as the “First World War”. The Americans called it “The French and Indian War”, the Prussians called it “The Third Silesian War”, Swedes called it the Pomeranian War. For today, we’re just going to call it the Seven Years War on account of how it lasted for 9 years. [Theme Music] So, here at Crash Course, we take a…

  • Congressional Leadership: Crash Course Government and Politics #8
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    Congressional Leadership: Crash Course Government and Politics #8

    Hi, I’m Craig and this is Crash Course Government and Politics, and today we’re going to examine the leadership structure of Congress! I know, pretty exciting stuff! Now calm down, let me explain. [Theme Music] Are you ready to talk about Congressional leadership? You better be. So, the Congressional leadership are the Congresspersons with titles like Majority Leader and Minority Whip, and they have a lot to do with political parties, so we’re going to talk about what the political parties do in Congress as well. Even if you don’t follow politics, you probably have heard of the name and titles, if not the functions, of the various leaders. I’m…

  • How to Tell Customers You Exist: Crash Course Entrepreneurship #11
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    How to Tell Customers You Exist: Crash Course Entrepreneurship #11

    Here’s a cold, hard truth: no business, no matter how innovative and amazing it is, will survive if people haven’t heard of it. If people don’t know something exists, they’ll never be able to purchase it. Beyonce might drop a surprise album, but then she promotes the heck out of it. The hype she gets from the surprise is part of her entrepreneurial strategy! Ever since we’ve had products and services, we’ve needed channels to create awareness and communicate with our customers. And as our culture has evolved, so have our channels — from simple posters in the 1800s, to the launch of Pinterest (and the heyday of DIY wedding…

  • Congressional Committees: Crash Course Government and Politics #7
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    Congressional Committees: Crash Course Government and Politics #7

    Hi, I’m Craig and this is Crash Course Government and Politics and today we’re going to get down and dirty wallowing in the mud that is Congress. Okay, maybe that’s a little unfair, but the workings of Congress are kind of arcane or byzantine or maybe let’s just say extremely complex and confusing, like me, or Game of Thrones without the nudity. Some of the nudity, maybe. However, Congress is the most important branch, so it would probably behoove most Americans to know how it works. I’m going to try to explain. Be prepared to be behooved. [Theme Music] Both the House of Representatives and the Senate are divided up…

  • Taxes & Smuggling – Prelude to Revolution: Crash Course US History #6
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    Taxes & Smuggling – Prelude to Revolution: Crash Course US History #6

    Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course: US History, and today we begin discussing the American Revolution. So two things to keep in mind here: One, the American Revolution and the American War for Independence are not the same thing. And two, while I know this will upset some of you, the American Revolution was not really about taxes. Mr. Green, Mr. Green! It was about tea, right? Also, it was not about tea. The Boston Tea party was about taxes and our God-given right to smuggle. It’s a little confusing, me from the past, but that’s why Crash Course is here! [Theme Music] So as you’ll recall, the…

  • The Integumentary System, Part 2 – Skin Deeper: Crash Course A&P #7
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    The Integumentary System, Part 2 – Skin Deeper: Crash Course A&P #7

    Look at all this stuff! Soaps, lotions, conditioners, polishes — all from that huge section of your local store that’s dedicated solely to the grooming of your skin, hair, and nails. Some might see these things as the trappings of vanity. But me? I see them as the tools for the care, maintenance, and — sure, sometimes decoration — of the integumentary system. Now, true, in spite of what the cosmetics industry may lead you to believe, your integumentary system is more than just a place to put eye shadow and hair product in the hopes of attracting a mate. This collection of resilient tissues, ranging from the sharp and…

  • Haitian Revolutions: Crash Course World History #30
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    Haitian Revolutions: Crash Course World History #30

    Hi, I’m John Green. This is Crash Course World History. And apparently it’s Revolutions Month here at Crash Course, because today we are going to discuss the often-neglected Haitian Revolutions. The Haitian Revolutions are totally fascinating and they involve two of my very favorite things: 1. Ending slavery, and 2. Napoleon getting his feelings hurt. I can’t help myself, Napoleon. I like to see you suffer. [theme music] So, the French colony in Saint-Domingue began in the 17th century as a pirate outpost. And its original French inhabitants made their living selling leather and a kind of smoked beef called boucan. All that beef actually came from cattle left behind…