Crash Course World History Curriculum


Learn about the history of the world with the Crash Course World History video series organized chronologically into six units, each with a teacher curriculum, student handouts, and videos with host John Green. This course begins with the dawn of civilization and covers the origins of the world’s religions, industrialization, and colonialism all the way to modern times, always looking at the details within their broader historical context.

  • Foundations of Civilization: Technological & Environmental Transformations - 10,000 BCE to 600 BCE | Crash Course World History

    Learn how the dawn of civilization transformed technology and the environment using this Teacher Curriculum and Crash Course World History videos. Discover how people moved from hunting and gathering to agriculture, and how that shift still influences the world we live in today. Host John Green describes the ancient civilizations Indus Valley Civilization, Mesopotamia, and Egypt and studies the Unit Essential Question—"Was farming an improvement over foraging?"

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    Grades: 9-13+
  • Classical Civilizations: The Rise of States & Empires - 600 BCE to 600 CE | Crash Course World History

    Discover how, as states and empires grew, religious and cultural systems also transformed using this Teacher Curriculum and Crash Course, World History videos. Host John Green explores the historic origins of various world religions and how religion influenced the Greek, Persian, and Roman Empires. This unit addresses the Essential Questions—How does religion affect the development of society? Why do civilizations rise and fall? When they fall, what impact do they have on history?

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    Grades: 9-13+
  • Post-Classical: Regional & Transregional Interactions - 600 CE to 1450 CE | Crash Course World History

    Learn about the 
unprecedented concentrations of wealth and cross-cultural exchanges in this era with this Teacher Curriculum and Crash Course, World History videos. Host John Green describes issues at this time, including trade and the Silk Road, the development and spread of Islam, Genghis Khan and the Mongols, the Dark Ages, the Crusades, and the Heian period in Japan. This unit looks at the Essential Question—How does trade affect culture?

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    Grades: 9-13+
  • Early Modern: Global Interactions - 1450 CE to 1750 CE | Crash Course World History

    Discover the interconnection of the Eastern and Western hemispheres made possible by transoceanic voyaging during this period using this Teacher Curriculum and Crash Course, World History videos. Host John Green describes key moments at this time, including the Ottoman Empire, the so-called Age of Discovery, the development of capitalism, the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, and the Atlantic Slave Trade. This unit addresses the Essential Question—Is the world better off for having experienced the Columbian Exchange?

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    Grades: 9-13+
  • Modern: Industrialization & Global Integration - 1750 CE to 1900 CE | Crash Course World History

    This time period saw European countries becoming colonial powers and creating a dependency between colonizer and colonized nations. Use this Teacher Curriculum and Crash Course, World History videos, with host John Green, to learn about revolutions in this era, including the American, French, and Haitian revolutions. He also expands on various “isms”—namely, industrialization, capitalism, socialism, nationalism, and imperialisms. This unit addresses the Essential Question—Which is the more important of revolutions: agricultural or industrial?

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    Grades: 9-13+
  • Contemporary: Accelerating Global Change & Realignments - 1900 CE to Present | Crash Course World History

    Use this Teacher Curriculum and Crash Course, World History videos to learn about the challenges to European-dominated nations (which also included the United States, Russia, and Japan), over the century. Host John Green addresses WWI, WWII, the Cold War, China’s Revolution, and globalization. This unit addresses the Essential Questions—How did conflict change and impact the 20th century? What patterns have emerged through your study of history? How have those patterns shaped the world we live in today? How might they shape our future?

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    Grades: 9-13+

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