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The Silk Road and Ancient Trade: Crash Course World History #9

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The Silk Road and Ancient Trade: In which John Green teaches you about the so-called Silk Road, a network of trade routes where goods such as ivory, silver, iron, wine, and yes, silk were exchanged...

oh my god i have a test tomorrow
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I think that the "People who have a test tomorrow" category on your pie chart is a little larger than that
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yeah, the essays especially for me
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Your forgetting about the 1% of people who watch this on a Saturday because they actually want to learn.
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+kota hawking I watch this for entertainment
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Ap world test tomorrow awh yaeh!!!!!
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Aaaye APWH squad tho
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Yuck, who'd want to drink out of a dirty skull?
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+Anonymous Specimen The Norwegian word for "skull" is related to the Norwegian term for "cup" or "bowl". So... Vikings seemed fine with drinking from skulls, it seems.
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The Black Death is only the worst KNOWN plague in human history. Some theories suggest the Native American population was as large, or even outnumbered the European population, but sometime between Columbus and the majority of white settlers, a plague wiped out 20-80% of the population. And yes I know that is an incredibly large gap, but the point is we just don't know. We can estimate roughly how many Native Americans there likely would have been during the height of European colonization, and we know the population was much larger before then, but we have no idea exactly how much larger.
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+showmemoviesnow yeah I agree I'm Native American (also Spanish by my name) and people are always like,"Oh, Black Death this, Black Death that," and they don't even take time to recognize that the Columbian Exchange may have killed way more people than the Black Death
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+Reynaldo Ramírez-Arellano Actually, I tend to find it to be the opposite. People (rightfully) go on about the absolutely massive devastation to the Native American population through the Columbian exchange, and then sort of brush off the Black Plague as something ancient, almost quaint. Besides, the population figures of pre-Columbian America are massively disputed, so the death toll may have been higher, but most estimates I've seen, have them lower, partly because Europe was much more urbanized and densely populated, even though America is much larger and it too had its share of large cities. Additionall, the deaths of Native Americans was not due to one single illness, but a plethora of them, making the attempt to define a single most deadly plague exceedingly difficult. And lastly, while the Black Death may have been the deadlier plague, Europe did recover, whereas native civilization in America never really did, nor did it get a chance what with colonization, imperialism, war and racism and so forth - so I can agree that it was more disastrous.
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I have my ap world history test tomorrow. this is my studying
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I don't have a test tomorrow, I am not a grammar Nazi, nor am I a billionaire... And I can't play quidditch because I am afraid of heights ( and also suck at sports). So what am I? A lonely history-deprived grad student sitting on her couch watching YouTube on her roku and fighting the compulsion to exercise? Or a bored panda? Or maybe even a citizen who enjoys thoughtful YouTube videos on her favorite subject whilst she cooks a healthy lunch? You decide.
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A grad student with time? You do exist!
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AP WORLD HISTORY TEST TOMORROW WOOOOO
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How is it that Buddhism spread along trade routes when the idea of Buddhism is to get rid of desire, but the whole idea of merchants and trading was fueled by desire? If these merchants were Buddhists then why were they merchants?
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I feel I belong in the Grammar Nazi category of CrashCourse viewer demographics, but to play devil's advocate for the billionaire demographic: I'd like to say that one can certainly begrudge those accrue personal wealth to dizzying heights via corruption, public endangerment, are fueled by zealous greed, etc. However, so long as the wealth is gained though legitimate practices, those who reach ridiculous heights for supplying sub-par materials are not to blame, but the consumers who buy them. Likewise, those who create great things have no obligation to contribute to charity organizations, so while their contributions can make huge differences & are certainly in a better position to do so, we should not lump them together with those who prey upon people's wallets by facilitating broken systems or the ignorance of impressionable or just plain stupid people.
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And that ignores the fact that billionaires are billionaires often because they brought us awesome things like the PC I'm typing on right now. Or invested in others who did. I don't care if the rich get richer if everyone else's quality of life rises too. I'll take a smaller proportional piece of the pie if the pie itself is bigger. 
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Lol I have my ap exam today
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what about the people who are looking for a renaissance type knowledge. WE DESERVE A DEMOGRAPHIC AS WELL best wishes Jon John Griffith
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.-. you are okay just listening to, but if we have to WRITE DOWN WHAT WE HEAR,YOU GO TOO FAST 0_0
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+Bailskywalker well there is actually a .5 speed setting or pausing or subtitles or go to the transcript (under the more category under the title)
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oh shit. i have a test tomorrow! hhahahah!
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did john seriously just say grammar nazi?????? he has to know that that term is so highly offensive. to pretend that people who are asses about grammar are the same as people who committed genocide(s) and murdered 11 million people and tortured and enslaved millions more is obviously a slap in the face to anyone whose group was targeted during the holocaust (esp. romani and jewish people)
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+Heather Gluck I'm offended as a human,that the Israeli state is committing war crimes right now.
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Haha i have a test tomorrow ;)
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I'm just a dude who likes to listen to the smart man talking. What demographic is that? But seriously, I'm eating these episodes up like teen boys would love to eat women, in the naughty way, not the psychotic way.
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I have a test tomorrow.
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hang on... it's a weekend...
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I have two tests tomorrow.
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3:15 Where you have Marios, you're bound to have red tortoise shells, too!......OW!
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most t-shirts see more of the world than most of us....... that's so true...
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Test tomorrow club represent with cramming of Crash Course videos! :D
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Haha ha...my AP world test is tomorrow. The BIG one...;-; kill me
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Everyone ready for the test tomorrow?
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Just a thought here, the swastika's original meaning was one of a positive connotation, used by Ancient Egyptians, Buddhists, Chinese alike... all until Hitler came along and used it as his symbol... now if you wear that on your sleeve and go walkin down the street you're gonna have some problems... even if you're like the most devout Buddhist ever, most people don't know about the swastika's history. However, my 7th grade history teacher is awesome :D
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Not sure but i think even the origin of Buddhism was a direct result of silk road. The vedic culture in india didnt give importance for traders those days and when these traders became economically rich there was a power shift....they were powerful enough to make a new state called the shakya clan ..which was almost a republic and it was the state where Buddha was born. Annnnndddd according to me they just made their own religion by scraping ideas from hinduism...the gautama title is given for all philosopher sages in india...so he must have been a philosopher and you know how Christianity was used to strengthen kingdoms, similarly someone should have taken his idea and try to use it as a unifying factor for newly formed kingdom. (later also used on a depressed emperor like ashoka to spread its ideas).
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Anyone else with an AP World History test tomorrow? Ha ha ha ha............. Kill me.
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Final in history tomorrow on this. Thanks crash course!
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+LuvExotics i had finals after break, that is how we do in MD. after everyone has forgotten everything over winter break then we take finals.
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"people who have a test tomorrow"...
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I'm one of the ones that has a test but it's next week and it's a final. Also you are my favorite author so why not just watch videos and learn through my favorite author.
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"people who have a test tomorrow" AP WORLD HISTORY TEST TOMORROW #RIPME
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could you please maybe write my essay for geography that's due tomorrow?
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why do u think the plague transferred from the east to west..there were hardly cases of plague in the east at that time
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May I ask why "muggle quidditch players" were on the list of people who watch crash course? Lol XD
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Thank you john green for helping procrastinators like me study a week before the test!
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Just self study, I felt a little ashamed that all I remembered about the 'silk road' was that it was a trading route, so came to refresh my mind. also, Can there be include a wizards category or are only muggles allowed?  Because if so, I refuse this kind of discriminatory treatment to magical beings. We deserve equality.  D:
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You never gave us equality when you shut us out of your lives, hiding your advanced technology for who knows what reasons. 
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I have a test not tomorrow but day after, btw how can they figure it out?? 
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For those who thought that there was a swastika on that Buddha statue, it was a "manji," a Japanese symbol for good fortune. Not a swastika.
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not a single deep web joke?
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So many people are watching these for a test or exam, while I'm just here binge watching because I'm a nerd. NERD LIFE, YEAAAHHHH!
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I have a Quiddich match tomorrow.
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You missed a bet by not casing your brother as yourself from the past.
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I'm sorry, can I just, I'm sorry, but it's not a decimation if it killed more than one in ten people, I'm sorry, I'll just...go now.... (Oh my god I think I might be a grammar nazi, is there a ten step program for this?)
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As a muggle quidditch player, I have to say I am impressed by my peers.
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FYI: the great plague is also recorded to have struck in northern china, killing a percentage of the population there comparable to europe.
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yikes; my ap test is tomorrow...
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Hey people I have a question who needs a bit of reflection. When the Xiongnu defeated the Yyezhi and subsequently made a cup from the leaders skull, do you know if they believed in a mistic power as" the force" in SW ,however in this case called "orenda". I am asking this ,because of my  search for the most plausible theory about the origin of prabulgarians who also believed in the mistic power of orenda.
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I thought orenda was the religion of the iroquois O_o
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John green and the past john green's relationship reminds me of that of dr. Cox and dj's from scrubs..
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why there is a nazi cross on buddah's chest in 7:06?
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"I'mma go put on a collared shirt" actually puts on collared shirt was anyone else surprised by this? or should i expect this from him by now...?
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I like your opinions, Good on you.
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People who have a test tomorrow. THATS ME!
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People who have a test tomorrow 🙋 thank you for your help!
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how do dat emote doe? i had to ctrl+c ctrl+v (copy paste)
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Anyone else watching this for that social studies test on Thursday?
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Why is his hair always different?!
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"People that have a test tomorrow" ... What about an AP test in ONE HOUR?!
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So if I neither a grammar nazi, a muggle quidditch player, and I do not have a test tomorrow. Am I a billionaire, or at least will be. O_o :O :)
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KICKED THE TRADE PROMPTS ASS ON THE AP TEST TODAY BECAUSE OF THIS VIDEO AND THE INDIAN OCEAN ONE HELL YE
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What did a prostitute charge in 100 ce on the silk road?
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I literally have "a test tomorrow" ....
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I'm pretty sure the only people who watch these are people who have a test tomorrow
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just realized this guy also wrote Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, and Paper Towns..........
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I have a test tomorrow
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Attila the Hun brought smallpox to Europe.
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Hey, Crash Course. You forgot to credit Nintendo for the cameo of Mario and the Red Koopa Shell.
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En varmaan voi muokata jonkun muun tekemää suomenkielistä tekstitystä? Harmillisesti tekstityksissä on usein virheellisesti käytetty pilkkua lauseenvastikkeen jälkeen. Propsit silti suomentajalle isosta hommasta! One grammar nazi here! There's a problem with using comma in wrong places in Finnish subtitles...
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Thaaaaaank youuuuu for the cool videos!!! :) 
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I like the comparison between the Silk Road and Globalization
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Let's not forget that some Buddhist sects believe that Nirvana is a form of enlightenment that all people can reach, and Buddhahood is open to all living beings.
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And not by worshipping provisional Buddhas, but by practicing the same Law that Shakyamuni attained.
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These videos literally make me so happy
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You showed a Tibetan temple when talking about trade and stationing caravans......... Seriously, are you a real historian or just a left-wing student trying to be a left-wing student?  If you really know history you would have shown the "Qigexing Buddhist Temple Ruins" or the "Kizil Caves"  or the "White Horse Temple" instead.
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Really weird when you watch this as a muggle quidditch player and hear that
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Why didn't Buddhism spread west?
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I... I do have a test tomorrow sweats
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MY TEACHER USED THIS VIDEO IN CLASS AND I AM A NERDFIGHTER AND I WAS LIKE, "THIS IS ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!!!"
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why is there a swastika on the statue? 7:07
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Because ..you know....the swastika was a symbol of buddhism. ALSO NAZIS!
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Funny cause i have a test tomorrow😂😂😂
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why does history abandon the term A.D. I understand the aversion to religion in historic fact but the calender we use today is by fact centered around Jesus of Nazareth regardless of whether he existed or not. Is this not hypocritical?
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Well many non-Christians find the idea offensive. When people don't believe in the same saviors then they tend to dislike things like that. Also Jesus may not have been the son of god or even lived. I find that B.C.E and C.E. More useful
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I understand that viewpoint but history isn't a viewpoint its a truth. and the truth is the BC AD system was created by the catholic church centered on their  belief to be the date of Jesus. to change it to BC CE but keep the exact same year is sorta like cheating history wouldnt you think
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I know you lefties love Tibet to death (as least you pretend to). But you have to respect historical facts. Tibetan culture do not have the right to represent Buddhism any more than any other countries with Buddhist traditions. In fact, the Central Asians (like the Yuezhi, the Kucha, the Uyghur, etc) were the ones who spread buddhism to East Asia.
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thank you crash course!! you guys are awesome
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so you're saying I am one of those rare people that get to travel the world all of the time??? Great!!!  My life is awesome because I do something that most of humanity doesn't. I am satisfied. like I've lived on every continent but antartica
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It's so true! I DO have a test tomorrow ^.^
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The Original Silk Road: with significantly less drugs than today's Silk Road
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