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Imperialism: Crash Course World History #35

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Published on Sep 20, 2012

In which John Green teaches you about European Imperialism in the 19th century. European powers started to create colonial empires way back in the 16th century, but businesses really took off in the 19th century, especially in Asia and Africa. During the 1800s, European powers carved out spheres of influence in China, India, and pretty much all of Africa. While all of the major (and some minor) powers in Europe participated in this new imperialism, England was by far the most dominant, once able to claim that the "sun never set on the British Empire." Also, they went to war for the right to continue to sell opium to the people of China. Twice. John will teach you how these empires managed to leverage the advances of the Industrial Revolution to build vast, wealth-generating empires. As it turns out, improved medicine, steam engines, and better guns were crucial in the 19th century conquests. Also, the willingness to exploit and abuse the people and resources of so-called "primitive" nations was very helpful in the whole enterprise.

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the Were Dragon
so the way to get rid of Isis is to hire a whole bunch of Mongols? why didn't we do that earlier!
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hdh3356
For anyone who is from a country that was victim of imperialism, do not read the comments. There are too many uneducated assholes here, and they are claiming that imperialism did more good than harm. Nazi, Japanese Empire, Iraq war, current conflicts in Africa, Ukrainian conflict, these are all results of imperialism.
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EmeraldAgnostic
I cringe every time he said "May-OR-ree" for Maori. It's like Chairman Mao - ree
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Airis Dämon
Imperialism is the true form of capitalism. Modern capitalism would never have been possible without it. Even though most of the world's imperialist expansion came about in the 19th century, imperialism still exists. The only thing which has changed is the language used to describe imperial conquest: expanding markets, collateral damage, spreading democracy, opening new markets, foreign aid loans, etc.
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MGTOWTakeru
Beware of the flame wars in the comment sections. Wah wah, My people are/were better than yours! We contributed more to modern society than your people ever did! Nah-nah, nah-nah, nah!! Pathetic. Grow up you racist twats.
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S Z
It's only possible to watch crash course and understand what John (or Hank) is saying IF you've already fully learned everything covered in the video. Otherwise you're screwed. At least for me, crash course is only for review and reinforcing information
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Tasin Islam
When you read the comment section of Mr.Green's video you feel the knowledge gap between Mr.Green and most of the asshole we have in our society these days. I guess trying to educate ignorant people isn't easy.
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AvinDov
I'm going to be able to impress my history teacher because of your videos.
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Billie4Mozzarella
Imperialism is shitty and people who don't think that are probably in the countries that benefited from stealing, destroying and enslaving countries that do. 
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tcpgblizzard
I haven't seen the whole video yet but I hope this John Green fella doesn't go all apologist and leftie on us and complain about how "terrible" imperialism was... 
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