Road trip! (conquest, trade, & more conquest)

5 videos

Wait for it... the Mongols!

VIDEO 10:45 minutes
In which John Green teaches you, at long last, about the most exceptional bunch of empire-building nomads in the history of the world, the Mongols! How did the Mongols go from being a relatively small band of herders who occasionally ...

International commerce, snorkeling camels, and the Indian Ocean Trade

VIDEO 9:43 minutes
In which John Green teaches you the history of the Indian Ocean Trade. John weaves a tale of swashbuckling adventure, replete with trade in books, ivory, and timber. Along the way, John manages to cover advances in seafaring technology, ...

Venice and the Ottoman Empire

VIDEO 9:45 minutes
In which John Green discusses the strange and mutually beneficial relationship between a republic, the citystate of Venice, and an Empire, the Ottomans--and how studying history can help you to be a better boyfriend and/or girlfriend. ...

Russia, the Kievan Rus, and the Mongols

VIDEO 10:17 minutes
In which John Green teaches you how Russia evolved from a loose amalgamation of medieval principalities known as the Kievan Rus into the thriving democracy we know today. As you can imagine, there were a few bumps along the road. It turns ...

Columbus, de Gama, and Zheng He! 15th Century Mariners

VIDEO 10:05 minutes
In which John Green teaches you about the beginning of the so-called Age of Discovery. You've probably heard of Christopher Columbus, who "discovered" America in 1492, but what about Vasco da Gama? How about Zheng He? Columbus gets a bad ...