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Its Not The End Of The World
EVERYBODY DOING ALL RIGHTTONIGHTé ME TOO, I GOT TO SAY I'MFEELING LUCKY AND GRATEFUL TO BE ALIVE. I'M COUNTING MY BLESSINGS. I'M UP TO FOUR AND A THUMB. BUT YOU KNOW WHO REALLY HADA ROUGH DAYé THOSE FOLKS OVER AT EBIBLEFELLOWSHIP. THEY'RE A CHURCH GROUP INPENNSYLVANIA THAT PREDICTS
THE END OF THE WORLD AND NOTAS THEIR NAME WOULD SUGGEST A BOOK CLUB THAT READS THEBIBLE ONLY ON KINDLE. THESE FOLKS GOT FAMOUS A FEWYEARS BACK FOR PREDICTING THAT JUDGEMENT DAY WOULDFALL ON MAY 21st, 201 YOU PROBABLY SAW THOSE SAVE THEDATE BILLBOARDS. I RSVPED IMMEDIATELY ANDREQUESTED THE VEGETARIAN OPTION AT THE APOCALYPSE. WELL, IT TUSHES OUT THEIRMATH WAS A LITTLE OFF.
I THINK THEY FORGOT TO CARRYONE OF THE HEARSTMEN. BUT THEY TOOK ANOTHER LOOKAT THE BOOK OF REVELATION RECENTLY, CRUNCHED THENUMBERS THROUGH THEIR JESUS CALL COUP LATER ANDDISCOVERED THAT IN FACT THE PLANET WAS SUPPOSED TO BEPERMANENTLY DESTROYED YESTERDAY, OCTOBER 7th. AND SPOILER ALERT,(LAUGHTER) (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)ANYWAY, I HAVE SOME SYMPATHY
FOR THOSE GUYS. I'M SURE THEY FEEL TERRIBLETODAY. PROBABLY FOR A LOT OFREASONS. CUZ YOU KNOW THAT ONE THINGYOU SAID YOU WOULD BE WILLING TO DO IF THE WORLDWAS GOING TO COME TO AN ENDé THEY PROBABLY DID THAT LASTNIGHT. IT'S GOING TO BE AWKWARD ATWORK TODAY. HEY, BRENDA.
SO I'M SENDING THE FOLKS ATEBIBLE FELLOWSHIP THIS SYMPATHY CARD. IT SAYS MY DEEPESTCONDOLENCES FOR EVERYTHING STILL EXISTING. BUT YOU DID BELIEVE EBIBLEFELLOWSHIP YOU CAN'T BE TOO SURPRISED. THOUGH THEIR PAMPHLET SAYSTHAT OCTOBER 7th, 2015 WILL BE THE END.
WORLD, THEY HEDGE THEIR BETBY ADDING THERE IS A STRONG LIKELIHOOD. STRONG LIKELY HOOD T MIGHTHAPPEN. BUT IF IT DOESN'T, IT IS NOTLIKE IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD.
World War II Crash Course World History 38
Hi, I'm John Green. This is Crash CourseWorld History and today we're going to talk about World War II. Finally, a war with somecolor film! So, here at Crash Course we try to make history reasonably entertaining, and fortunately,World War II was hilarious.said no one ever. Mr. Green, Mr. Green! Is this, like, gonnabe one of the unfunny ones where you build to the big melodramatic conclusion about howI have to imagine the world more complexlyé Me from the Past, as long as you have thateighth rate soupstrainer, I'm not even going to acknowledge your existence. theme music
Right, so you've probably heard a lot aboutWorld War II from movies and books, The History Channel, before it decided that Swamp Peoplewere History, the incessant droning of your grandparents, etc. We're not gonna try togive you a detailed synopsis of the war today. Instead, we're going to try to give a bitof perspective on how the most destructive war in human history happened, and why itstill matters globally. So one of the reasons history classes tendto be really into wars is that they're easy to put on tests. They start on one day andthey end on another day. And they're caused by social, political, and economic conditionsthat can be examined in a multiple choice
kind of manner. Except, not really. Like, when did World War II starté In September19', when the Nazis invaded Polandé I'd say no it actually started when Japan invadedManchuria in 1931, or at the very latest when the Japanese invaded China in 1937, becausethey didn't stop fighting until 1945. Then again, you could also argue 1933, when Hitler took power, or1941, when America started fighting. It's complicated. But anyway, in China the fighting was verybrutal, as exemplified by the infamous rape of Nanking, which featured the slaughter ofhundreds of thousands of Chinese people and is still so controversial today that:1. It affects relations between Japan China
and2. Even though I have not described it in detail, you can rest assured that there will be angrycomments about my use of the word â€œslaughter.â€� But the World War II we know the most aboutfrom movies and TV is primarily the war in the European theater, the one that Adolf Hitlerstarted. Hitler is the rare individual who really did make history specifically hemade it worse and if he hadn't existed, it's very unlikely that World War II would'veever happened. But he did exist, and after coming to power in 1933, with the standardrevolutionary promises to return the homeland to its former glory, infused with quite abit of paranoia and antiSemitism, Germany
saw rapid remilitarization and eventually,inevitably, war. In the beginning, it was characterized bya new style of combat made possible by the mechanized technology of tanks, airplanes,and especially, trucks. This was the Blitzkrieg, a devastating tactic combining quick movementof troops, tanks, and massive use of air power to support infantry movements. And in thevery early years of the war, it was extremely effective. The Nazis were able to roll overPoland, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, and then all of France, all within about 9 monthsbetween the fall of 19' and the summer of 1940. So after knocking out most of central Europe,the Nazis set their sights on Great Britain,
but they didn't invade the island, choosinginstead to attack it with massive air strikes. I mean, you look at this poster and think,â€œMan, the Queen wants me to finish my term paper, so I can do it,â€� but when this posterwas first produced in 19', it was to quell terror in the face of bombardment. The Battle of Britain was a duel between theRoyal Air Force and the Luftwaffe, and while the RAF denied the Nazis total control ofBritish airspace, the Nazis were still able to bomb Great Britain over and over againin what's known as the Blitz. STAN, NO. NO JOKES this time. Yes, the Blitz.
USA vs USSR Fight The Cold War Crash Course World History
Hi, I'm John Green, this is Crash CourseWorld History and today we're gonna talk about the Cold War, which actually lastedinto my lifetime, which means that I can bore you with stories from my past like your grandpadoes. When I was a kid, they made us practice hiding under our desks in the event of a nuclearattack, because, you know, school desks are super good at repelling radiation. Mr. Green, Mr. Green! Right, remember in elementaryschool there was this special guest who'd defected from the Soviet Union, and he had Like this crazy Russian accent and he keptgoing on and on about how Reagan should spit
in Gorbachev's face instead of signing treatieswith him. And I was like, whoa dude calm down. You'rein a room full of third graders. And then for like months afterward on theplayground, we'd play ReaganGorbachev and spit in each other's faces. Those were the days.Sometimes I forget that you're me, Me from the Past. Yeah, it's just really nice to talk to youand feel like you're lis You're boring. Cue the intro. theme music So the Cold War was a rivalry between theUSSR and the USA that played out globally.
We've tried to shy away from calling conflictsideological or civilizational here on Crash Course, but in this case, the â€œclash ofcivilizationsâ€� model really does apply. Socialism, at least as Marx constructed it,wanted to take over the world, and many Soviets saw themselves in a conflict with bourgeoiscapitalism itself. And the Soviets saw American rebuilding efforts in Europe and Japan asthe U.S. trying to expand its markets, which, by the way, is exactly what we were doing. So the U.S. feared that the USSR wanted todestroy democratic and capitalist institutions. And the Soviets feared that the US wantedto use its money and power to dominate Europe
and eventually destroy the Soviet system.And both parties were right to be worried. It's not paranoia if they really are outto get you. Now of course we've seen a lot of geopoliticalstruggles between major world powers here on Crash Course, but this time there was thespecial added bonus that war could lead to the destruction of the human species. Thatwas new for world history, and it's worth remembering: It's still new. Here's theperiod of time we've discussed on Crash Course. And this is how long we've had thetechnological capability to exterminate ourselves. So that's worrisome.
Immediately after World War II, the Sovietscreated a sphere of influence in eastern Europe, dominating the countries where the Red Armyhad pushed back the Nazis, which is why Winston Churchill famously said in 1946 that an â€œIronCurtainâ€� had descended across Europe. While the dates of the Cold War are usuallygiven between 1945 and 1990, a number of historians will tell you that it actually started duringWorld War II. Stalin's distrust of the U.S. and Britain kept growing as they refused toinvade Europe and open up a second front against the Nazis. And some even say that the decisionto drop the first Atomic Bombs on Japan was motivated in part by a desire to intimidatethe Soviets. That sort of worked, but only
insofar as it motivated the Soviets to developatomic bombs of their own â€” they successfully tested their first one in 1949. From the beginning, the U.S had the advantagebecause it had more money and power and could provide Europe protection (what with its armyand one of a kind nuclear arsenal) while Europe rebuilt. The USSR had to rebuild itself, andalso they had the significant disadvantage of being controlled by noted asshat JosephStalin. I will remind you, it's not cursing if he's wearing an ass for a hat. Oh, Iguess it's time for the open letter. An Open Letter to Joseph Stalin.