USA vs USSR Fight! The Cold War 
USA vs USSR Fight! The Cold War
by Crash Course
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Date Added: August 11, 2016

Lecture Description

In which John Green teaches you about the Cold War, which was occasionally hot, but on average, it was just cool. In the sense of its temperature. It was by no means cool, man. After World War II, there were basically two big geopolitical powers left to divide up the world. And divide they did. The United States and the Soviet Union divvied up Europe in the aftermath of the war, and then proceeded to spend the next 45 years fighting over the rest of the world. It was the great ideological struggle, with the US on the side of capitalism and profit, and the USSR pushing Communism, so-called. While both sides presented themselves as the good guy in this situation, the reality is that there are no good guys. Both parties to the Cold War engaged in forcible regime changes, built up vast nuclear arsenals, and basically got up to dirty tricks. If you had to pick a bad guy though, I would point out that the USSR had no intention of bringing Laika the Cosmonaut Dog home alive. That poor dog never had a shot.

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Thanks to Raoul Meyer for the YUGOGAL photo.

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Course Index

  1. The Agricultural Revolution
  2. Indus Valley Civilization
  3. Mesopotamia
  4. Ancient Egypt
  5. The Persians & Greeks
  6. Buddha and Ashoka
  7. ‎2,000 Years of Chinese History! The Mandate of Heaven and Confucius
  8. Alexander the Great and the Situation... the Great?
  9. The Silk Road and Ancient Trad
  10. The Roman Empire. Or Republic. Or...Which Was It?
  11. Christianity from Judaism to Constantine
  12. Fall of The Roman Empire...in the 15th Century
  13. Islam, the Quran, and the Five Pillars All Without a Flamewar
  14. The Dark Ages...How Dark Were They, Really?
  15. The Crusades - Pilgrimage or Holy War?
  16. Mansa Musa and Islam in Africa
  17. Wait For It...The Mongols!
  18. Int'l Commerce, Snorkeling Camels, and The Indian Ocean Trade
  19. Venice and the Ottoman Empire
  20. Russia, the Kievan Rus, and the Mongols
  21. Columbus, de Gama, and Zheng He! 15th Century Mariners.
  22. The Renaissance: Was it a Thing?
  23. The Columbian Exchange
  24. The Atlantic Slave Trade
  25. The Spanish Empire, Silver, & Runaway Inflation
  26. The Seven Years War
  27. The Amazing Life and Strange Death of Captain Cook
  28. Tea, Taxes, and The American Revolution
  29. The French Revolution
  30. Haitian Revolutions
  31. Latin American Revolutions
  32. Coal, Steam, and The Industrial Revolution
  33. Capitalism and Socialism
  34. Samurai, Daimyo, Matthew Perry, and Nationalism
  35. Imperialism
  36. Archdukes, Cynicism, and World War I
  37. Communists, Nationalists, and China's Revolutions
  38. World War II
  39. USA vs USSR Fight! The Cold War
  40. Decolonization and Nationalism Triumphant
  41. Globalization I - The Upside
  42. Globalization II - Good or Bad?
  43. Rethinking Civilization
  44. Money & Debt
  45. Disease
  46. War & Human Nature
  47. War and Civilization
  48. Climate Change, Chaos, and The Little Ice Age
  49. Humans and Energy
  50. Drought and Famine
  51. HOW World War I Started
  52. Who Started World War I
  53. The End of Civilization (In the Bronze Age)
  54. The Rise of the West and Historical Methodology
  55. Asian Responses to Imperialism
  56. The Railroad Journey and the Industrial Revolution
  57. Population, Sustainability, and Malthus
  58. Islam and Politics
  59. The Mughal Empire and Historical Reputation
  60. Luther and the Protestant Reformation
  61. Charles V and the Holy Roman Empire
  62. World War II, A War for Resources
  63. Congo and Africa's World War
  64. Water and Classical Civilizations
  65. Conflict in Israel and Palestine
  66. The Vikings!
  67. War and Nation Building in Latin America
  68. Iran's Revolutions
  69. Japan in the Heian Period and Cultural History
  70. Nonviolence and Peace Movements
  71. Capitalism and the Dutch East India Company
  72. Democracy, Authoritarian Capitalism, and China

Course Description

In this Crash Course series, John Green returns to teaching World History in his own quirky way from beginning to end. This crash course should cover most topics from an AP World History class or similar.

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