John Green, Best-Selling New York Times Author and DFTBA co-initiator, with his brother Hank, has a new channel on Youtube called "Crash Course: World History." It is devoted to teaching World History in a very fun and engaging way through Youtube videos. Very, very good work! He is going to make and release 40 videos to help educate about World History over the next year. 

These videos started after John and his brother Hank began making videos on YouTube as a way of communicating with each other. Every once in a while they would do a video on an education topic. Like, The French Revolution. Or the 2007 Banking Crisis. YouTube decided in 2011 to start making "Channels" of original content and use some of it's most successful video 'stars' to do the channels. Hence John and Hank's Crash Course Channel.
World History, World History 2!, US History, Psychology, Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, Biology, Big History, Astronomy, US Gov/Politics, Ecology, and soon Economics. The list keeps growing!
Dynamite World History Documentaries:
Dr. Alice Roberts with the "hobbit" of the island of Flores.
Dr. Alice Roberts: Alice Roberts is an English anatomist, osteoarchaeologist, anthropologist, paleopathologist, television presenter, and author.  She is professor of public engagement in science at the University of Birmingham.

Alice Roberts wrote and presented a five-part BBC Two series on human evolution and early human migrations entitled The Incredible Human Journey in 2009.

She also presented the series Origins of Us, which aired on BBC Two in October 2011, examining how the human body has adapted through seven million years of evolution.  The last part of this series featured Roberts visiting the Rift Valley. She also mentioned species related to Homo sapiens, such as Homo habilis and Homo neanderthalensis. The program mentioned how the Neanderthals might have used more sophisticated tools than was at one time believed.

From 22 to 24 October 2012, she appeared, with co-presenter Dr George McGavin in the BBC series Prehistoric Autopsy, which discussed the remains of early hominids such as Neanderthals, Homo erectus, and Australopithecus afarensis. In May 2013, she presented the BBC 2 series Ice Age Giants.

Peter Weller: Peter Weller (born June 24, 1947) is an American film and stage actor, director and history lecturer. We see him in our history class as the host of the show Engineering an Empire on the History Channel

"Hello, I'm Peter Weller."
He is best known for his roles as the title character in the first two RoboCop films and the title character in the cult classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. He received an Academy Award nomination for his direction for the 1993 short Partners, in which he also acted. 

In 2004, Weller completed a Master's degree in Roman and Renaissance Art at Syracuse University and occasionally teaches courses in ancient history at the university. In 2007, Weller was finishing a Ph.D. at UCLA, in Italian Renaissance art history. He expects to complete his dissertation in 2012. 

He played Stan Liddy in the 5th season of the Showtime original series Dexter.  On May 23, 2012 it was announced that Weller would be the voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the two-part animated adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns.  In 2013, Weller returned to the Star Trek franchise, with a role in the film Star Trek Into Darkness.

     Engineering an Empire - YouTube Playlist Search

Bettany Rocks!
Bettany HughesBettany Hughes (born 1968) is an English popular historian, author and broadcaster. Her specialty is classical history. She has taught at Bristol, Manchester, Oxford and Cambridge universities and is a currently a Research Fellow of King's College London and an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University. 

Her first book Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore has been translated into ten languages. Her second book The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life was Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4. The Hemlock Cup has been well received by critics and was chosen as a Book of the Year in several publications. 

She has written and presented documentary films and series for National Geographic, BBC, Discovery Channel, PBS, The History Channel and Channel 4:

Divine Women: Historian Bettany Hughes reveals the hidden history of women in religion, from dominatrix goddesses to feisty political operators and warrior empresses.

Secret Wonders of the Buddhist World: In this fascinating documentary, historian Bettany Hughes travels to the seven wonders of the Buddhist world and offers a unique insight into one of the most ancient belief systems still practiced today.
Alexandria: The Greatest City: Three cities dominated the ancient world: Athens, Rome and a third, now almost forgotten. It lies hidden beneath the waters of the Mediterranean and a sprawling modern metropolis.
The Day Jesus Died: What is the meaning of Good Friday? Why do Christians honour the death of Jesus as a victory, whereas Jews and Muslims regard Jesus' crucifixion as a defeat and a humiliation?
Atlantis: The Evidence: She presents a series of geological, archaeological and historical clues to show that the legend of Atlantis was inspired by a real historical event – the greatest natural disaster of the ancient world.
The Roman Invasion of Britain: In this three-part series every phase in the long history of Roman Britain will be looked at: The way in which the Roman conquerors interacted with the native inhabitants of the land they called ‘Britannia’ & Who gained most from the Roman occupation?
Engineering Ancient Egypt: Through their superlative buildings, the legacy of the Egyptian empire continues to enthrall people to this day. Yet these incredible structures were made over 4,000 years ago. Historian Bettany Hughes explores what drove the people of this ancient civilization to build on such a massive scale.
Athens: The Truth About Democracy: Bettany Hughes searches for the truth about the 'Golden Age' of Ancient Athens, investigating how a barren rock wedged between the East and West became the first democracy 2,500 years ago.
Helen of Troy: She is 'the face that launched a thousand ships'; the woman blamed for the Trojan War - a conflict that caused countless deaths - but who was the real Helen of Troy?Bettany Hughes travels across the eastern Mediterranean to disentangle myth from reality and find the truth about the most beautiful woman on earth.
When The Moors Ruled Europe: Join British historian Bettany Hughes as she examines a long-buried chapter of European history--the rise and fall of Islamic culture in what is now Spain and Portugal. Although generations of Spanish rulers have tried to expunge this era from the historical record, recent archaeology and scholarship now shed fresh light on the Moors who flourished in Al-Andalus for more than 700 years.
The Minoans: Bettany Hughes visits Crete to recount the story one of the greatest archaeological discoveries ever made. The tale of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth is perhaps the most compelling of all Greek myths. Just over 100 years ago, English archaeologist Arthur Evans went to the 'Minotaur's Island' to explore the roots of this myth and discovered instead a sophisticated Bronze Age civilization that had been lost to history for thousands of years. He called them The Minoans, and the riches of their culture astonished the world, prompting Evans to proclaim them the first civilization of the Western World.
The Spartans Bettany Hughes chronicles the rise and fall of one of the most extreme civilizations the world has ever seen, one founded on discipline, sacrifice and frugality where the onus was on the collective and the goal was to create the perfect state and the perfect warrior.
The Seven Ages of Britain: The history of Britain seen through the eyes of the powerful and wealthy has been told many times. But what about the rest of society? What was their experience of history in the 8,000 years before the emergence of modern society? Bettany Hughes moves the spotlight to the everyday lives of ordinary people: the unofficial history of Britain.
Andrew Marr inside the trenches from WWI.
Andrew Marr: Andrew Marr is a British journalist and political commentator. 

In 2007 he presented a political history of post-war Britain on BBC TwoAndrew Marr's History of Modern Britain, followed by a prequel in 2009, Andrew Marr's The Making of Modern Britain, focusing on the period between 1901 and 1945. In 2010, he presented a series, Andrew Marr's Megacities, examining the life, development and challenges of some of the largest cities in the world. In early 2012 he presented The Diamond Queen, a three-part series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. In late September 2012, Marr began presenting Andrew Marr's History of the World, a new series examining the history of human civilization.

Episode 1: "Survival" - How the earliest humans spread around the world, adapting and surviving against the odds. Andrew Marr sets off on an epic journey through 70,000 years of human history. Using dramatic reconstructions, documentary filming around the world and cutting-edge computer graphics, he reveals the decisive moments that shaped the world we live in today, telling stories we thought we knew and others we were never told. Starting with our earliest beginnings in Africa, Marr traces the story of our nomadic ancestors as they spread out around the world and settled down to become the first farmers and townspeople. He uncovers extraordinary hand-prints left in European caves nearly 30,000 years ago and shows how human ingenuity led to inventions which are still with us today. He also discovers how the first civilizations were driven to extremes to try to overcome the forces of nature, adapting and surviving against the odds, and reveals how everyday life in ancient Egypt had more in common with today's soap operas than might be imagined.

Episode 2: "Age of Empire" - The story of the first empires which laid the foundations for the modern world. From the Assyrians to Alexander the Great, conquerors rampaged across the Middle East and vicious wars were fought all the way from China to the Mediterranean. But this time of chaos and destruction also brought enormous progress and inspired human development. In the Middle East, the Phoenicians invented the alphabet, and one of the most powerful ideas in world history emerged: the belief in just one God. In India, the Buddha offered a radical alternative to empire building - a way of living that had no place for violence or hierarchy and was open to everyone. Great thinkers from Socrates to Confucius proposed new ideas about how to rule more wisely and live in a better society. And in Greece, democracy was born - the greatest political experiment of all. But within just a few years, its future would be under threat from invasion by an empire in the east.

Episode 3: "The Word and the Sword" - Charting the spiritual revolutions that shook the world between 300 BC and 700 AD. This was an age that saw the bloody prince Ashoka turn to Buddhism in India; the ill-fated union of Julius Caesar and Egypt's Cleopatra; the unstoppable rise of Christianity across the Roman Empire and the dramatic spread of Islam from Spain to Central Asia. Each dramatic story pits the might of kings and rulers against the power of faith. But Andrew Marr discovers that the most potent human force on the planet came from the combination of faith and military power. Both Christianity and Islam created new empires of 'the word and the sword'.

Episode 4: "Into the Light" - Andrew Marr reaches the Middle Ages, when Vikings explored and pillaged. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, Europe was little more than a muddy backwater. Vikings explored and pillaged from Northern Europe to North America. But they also laid the foundations of powerful new trading states - including Russia. This was also the Golden Age of Islam. And the knowledge of ancient civilizations from India, Persia and Greece were built upon by Islamic scholars in Baghdad's House of Wisdom. By exploring the conquests of Ghengis Khan, the adventures of Marco Polo and the extraordinary story of an African King - the wealthiest who ever lived - Marr finds out how Europe emerged from the so-called 'Dark Ages' and used influences from around the world to rise again with the Renaissance.

Andrew Marr on one of the many, many locations.
Episode 5: "Age of Plunder" - Marr tells the story of Europe's rise from piracy to private enterprise. The explosion of global capitalism began with Christopher Columbus stumbling across America while searching for China. While Europe tore itself apart in religious wars after the Reformation, the Spanish colonized the New World and brought back 10 trillion dollars' worth of gold and silver. But it was Dutch and English buccaneer businessmen who invented the real money-maker: limited companies and the stock exchange. They battled hand-to-hand to control the world's sea trade in spices, furs and luxuries like tulips. In the 145 years from 1492 to 1637, European capitalism was born and spread across the globe. 

Episode 6: "Revolution" - Marr explores a time when people worldwide rose up in the name of freedom and equality. In the 17th and 18th centuries, people across the world rose up in the name of freedom and equality against the power of the church and monarchy. In America, people fought a war to be free from British rule. In France, bloody revolution saw the king and aristocracy deposed. And in Haiti, the slaves revolted against their masters. The world was also gripped by a scientific revolution, sweeping away old dogmas and superstition. Galileo revolutionized the way we saw humanity's place in the universe, while Edward Jenner used science to help save the lives of millions.

Episode 7: "Age of Industry" - Andrew Marr tells how Britain's Industrial Revolution created the modern world. The old agricultural order of aristocratic landowners, serfs and peasant farmers was replaced by a new world of machines, cities and industrialists. Across the world, many resisted this sweeping change. From China to America, Russia to Japan, bitter battles were fought between the modernizers and those who rejected the new way of life. In Europe, new industrial powers competed with each other to create vast empires which dominated the world. But this intense competition would lead to the industrial-scale slaughter and destruction of the First World War.

Episode 8: "Age of Extremes" - Andrew Marr brings the story of human civilization up to date with the twentieth century. Marr suggests that humanity found itself propelled forward by our technological brilliance but limited by the consequences of our political idiocy. Democracy confronted communism and fascism, and two world wars would underscore our political failures more than ever before. But our achievements were also astonishing, especially in the fields of science and technology. We invented machines of awesome speed and power, and reached beyond the limits of our planet. Now, more of us live longer, healthier and wealthier lives than our ancestors could ever have imagined. But Marr argues that with seven billion of us on the planet, and rising fast, either we manage the earth's natural resources better or we risk global catastrophe. The decisions we make in the next 50 years, he argues, may well decide our fate. For Marr, the most interesting part of human history lies just ahead.
Andrew Marr in Mali at Djinguereber Mosque.
In 2008, he presented the prime time BBC One series Britain From Above. The following year, he contributed a three-part series called Darwin's Dangerous Idea to the BBC Darwin Season, celebrating the bicentenary of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his theory of evolution. He played a small role as himself in a Doctor Who episode, "World War Three"; reporting Slitheen entering 10 Downing Street, he was noted as himself in the credits.
Schama = The Man.
Simon Schama: Simon Michael Schama, CBE (born 13 February 1945) is a British historian and art historian. He is a University Professor of History and Art History at Columbia University. He is best known for writing and hosting the 15-part BBC documentary series A History of Britain.

Other works on history and art include The Embarrassment of Riches, Landscape and Memory, Dead Certainties, Rembrandt's Eyes, and his history of the French Revolution, Citizens. Schama's 8-part series called The Power of Art showcases the world's most influential artists and captures their motivations. Schama is an art and cultural critic for The New Yorker. The Power of Art Series focused on:

Caravaggio's David with the Head of Goliath, 
Bernini's Ecstasy of St Theresa, 
Rembrandt's Conspiracy of Claudius Civilis, 
Jacques-Louis David's The Death Of Marat, 
J. M. W. Turner's The Slave Ship, 
Vincent van Gogh's Wheat Field with Crows, 
Picasso's Guernica, 
and Mark Rothko's Seagram Murals.

His 2008 series, The American Future: A History, Simon Schama travels through America to dig deep into the conflicts of its history as a way to understand the country's contemporary political situation.

Niall Ferguson: Niall Campbell Douglas Ferguson (born 18 April 1964) is a Scottish historian. He is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, University of Oxford and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His specialty is international history, economic history, particularly hyperinflation and the bond markets, and British and American imperialism. 

Niall knows - he's kind of a big deal.
Ferguson's books include Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World, The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World and Civilization: The West and the Rest, and The War of the World. All of which he has presented as Channel 4 television series. 

Ferguson has also produced a rather insightful look at China in a three part documentary called, China: Triumph and Turmoil.

In 2004, he was named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. Since 2011, he has been a contributing editor for Bloomberg Television and a columnist for Newsweek. As of 2012, he is working on the official biography of Henry Kissinger to whom he has been granted unprecedented access. Ferguson was an adviser to the John McCain U.S. presidential campaign in 2008, and announced his support for Mitt Romney in 2012.

Mr. Duez's World History Video Playlist on YouTube.

Horrible HistoriesHorrible Histories is an award-winning British children's television series based on the Terry Deary book series of the same nameThe style of humour has been described as "python-esque". Mathew Baynton, actor and writer for the Horrible Histories TV show said: "There's definitely a Monty Python influence to it." One of the main themes of the show is that no matter how disgusting or vile the material is, it is all true. In the same interview, Mathew Baynton explained that "However ridiculous things might seem, it's all based on fact." 

CNN's Millennium Series is a fantastic look at World History. It was created in 2000 to celebrate the new millennium. 1,000 years of history. Very well done video clips. You'll learn a bunch and it's superb for review for the AP Exam.

Watch the entire series here on Youtube's Millennium Playlist.

History for Music Lovers Channel on YoutubeBridging World History is organized into 26 thematic units along a chronological thread. Materials include videos, an audio glossary and a thematically-organized interactive. Bridging World HistoryBridging World History is organized into 26 thematic units along a chronological thread. Materials include videos, an audio glossary and a thematically-organized interactive.

Hip Hughes World History Video Playlist on Youtube.


World History to 1500 at Columbia University.
This course presents and at the same time critiques a narrative world history from prehistoric times to 1500. The purpose of the course is to convey an understanding of how this rapidly growing field of history is being approached at three different levels: the narrative textbook level, the theoretical-conceptual level, and through discussion sections, the research level.

World History since 1500 At Columbia University.

This course presents and at the same time critiques a narrative world history after 1500 CE. The purpose of the course is to convey an understanding of how this rapidly growing field of history is being approached at three different levels: the narrative textbook level, the theoretical-conceptual level, and through discussion sections, the research level.

Modern Civilization 1750 - Present @ UCLA

Professor Lynn Hunt lectures in this course which covers a broad, historical study of major elements in Western heritage from the world of the Greeks to that of the 20th century, designed to further beginning students' general education, introduce them to ideas, attitudes, and institutions basic to Western civilization, and acquaint them, through reading and critical discussion, with representative contemporary documents and writings of enduring interest.

History 151C The Peculiar Modernity of Britain, 1848-2000 @ Cal Berekley

Peace and Conflict Studies 164A - Fall 2006 @ Cal Berkeley

An introduction to the science of nonviolence, mainly as seen through the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi. Historical overview of nonviolence East and the West up to the American Civil Rights movement and Martin Luther King, Jr., with emphasis on the ideal of principled nonviolence and the reality of mixed or strategic nonviolence in practice, especially as applied to problems of social justice and defense.

History at Cambridge University

The Early Middle Ages, 284--1000 with Paul Freedman @ Yale University

Major developments in the political, social, and religious history of Western Europe from the accession of Diocletian to the feudal transformation. Topics include the conversion of Europe to Christianity, the fall of the Roman Empire, the rise of Islam and the Arabs, the "Dark Ages," Charlemagne and the Carolingian renaissance, and the Viking and Hungarian invasions.

European Civilization 1648-1945 @ Yale University

This course offers a broad survey of modern European history, from the end of the Thirty Years' War to the aftermath of World War II. Along with the consideration of major events and figures such as the French Revolution and Napoleon, attention will be paid to the experience of ordinary people in times of upheaval and transition. The period will thus be viewed neither in terms of historical inevitability nor as a procession of great men, but rather through the lens of the complex interrelations between demographic change, political revolution, and cultural development. Textbook accounts will be accompanied by the study of exemplary works of art, literature, and cinema.

Introduction to Greek  History @ Yale University

This is an introductory course in Greek history tracing the development of Greek civilization as manifested in political, intellectual, and creative achievements from the Bronze Age to the end of the classical period. Students read original sources in translation as well as the works of modern scholars.

The Crusades @ The University of Houston

Professor: Sally Vaughn 
Description: Origins, development, and results of the crusades from the eleventh through the thirteenth centuries.

The Flowering of the Middle Ages @ The University of Houston

Professor: Sally Vaughn
Description: Aspects of the Middle Ages from the perspectives of different disciplines such as history, English, French, Spanish, philosophy, music, art history, engineering, architecture, and law.