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The Atlantic Slave Trade: Crash Course World History #24 The Atlantic Slave Trade: Crash Course World History #24

Hi, my name is John Green, this is Crash Course World History and today we’re gonna talk about slavery. Slavery is not funny. In fact, it is very near the top of the list of things that aren’t funny, so today’s episode is gonna be a little light on the jokes but, I’m gonna help…

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Trotsky vs. Stalin – The Struggle for Lenin’s Succession (1924-1929) Trotsky vs. Stalin – The Struggle for Lenin’s Succession (1924-1929)

On his deathbed, Lenin attempted to ensure unified leadership within his party. After his death in 1924, Lev Trotsky, his most trusted follower, was disposed of by Stalin, who eventually forced him into exile to Central Asia, Turkey and finally Mexico, where Trotsky would be assassinated. Lenin had condemned Stalin before his death, yet Stalin…

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A Short History of Anarchism A Short History of Anarchism

The year is 1881 and the Russian Tsar Alexander the second has, this morning, signed the Loris-Melikov constitution, a document that provided the first timid steps towards a constitutional monarchy. Later that day, whilst riding in his carriage, members of the revolutionary anarchist movement “People’s Will” attacked his carriage with bombs, severely injuring Alexander, who…

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Western and Soviet Literature after the Great War Western and Soviet Literature after the Great War

The communist revolution in Russia, the Great War, the Stock market crash in 1929, the Spanish civil war and the imminent threat of a new war during the 1930s. These events certainly influenced literature published during these years. New literary movements erupted, and writers sought a beacon of hope for the future of mankind. Several…

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China’s Reformers and Revolutionaries | Sun Yat-sen and Kang Youwei China’s Reformers and Revolutionaries | Sun Yat-sen and Kang Youwei

The last decades of the Qing empire saw the concurrent rise of a strong reform movement and the first truly modern Chinese revolutionary party – the Guomindang of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. This week we’ll look into the background of the important reformers and revolutionary movements within China, that eventually toppled the Qing dynasty. To be…

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Geography Now! Guinea Bissau Geography Now! Guinea Bissau

Just be honest: You really don’t know anything about this place, do you? That’s okay. I’m here to pretend like I do, for you. (intro music) It’s time to learn geography NOW! Hey everyone, I’m your host, Barby. All right, last episode, you saw the bigger, French-ier twin, Guinea. Now we meet the feisty, passionate,…

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The Animated History of Russia | Part 1 The Animated History of Russia | Part 1

Russia is the largest country on Earth, spanning an incredible 17 millions square kilometers. But if you’re anything like me, you’re probably wondering how it got so big, and how it has become such a powerful political and social entity in our modern world It not only takes the title of largest and most popular…

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Enter Yugoslavia Part 1 | BETWEEN 2 WARS I 1929 Part 2 of 3 Enter Yugoslavia Part 1 | BETWEEN 2 WARS I 1929 Part 2 of 3

Today I am going to touch a live wire. We are going to speak about the Balkans. Yugoslavia to be precise, where we will look at how this new country proclaimed after the Great War struggles with ethnic violence already from its beginning and how, as so often in the interwar period – some view…

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The History of Hong Kong The History of Hong Kong

Throughout modern history, world powers have repeatedly fought over this strategically valuable land. Its name means “fragrant harbor” in Chinese, but it could also mean “City of Change.” This is the story of Hong Kong. The first wave of people to arrive in large numbers had fled Genghis Kahn and his brutal Mongol hordes. They…

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If Catalonia Leaves Spain, What Will Be Its Flag? If Catalonia Leaves Spain, What Will Be Its Flag?

And we’re on in 5, 4, 3, 2… Catalonia is a unique area in northeastern Spain. It’s one of Spain’s 17 “autonomous communities”, but that would change if it becomes an independent country. Catalonia’s got its own culture, a fairly significant economy, and it even has its own language: the Catalan language. The independence movement…

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