USA vs USSR Fight! The Cold War: Crash Course World History #39

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In which John Green teaches you about the Cold War, which was occasionally hot, but on average, it was just cool. In the sense of its temperature. It was by no means cool, man. After World War II, there were basically two big geopolitical powers left to divide up the world. And divide they did. The United States and the Soviet Union divvied up Europe in the aftermath of the war, and then proceeded to spend the next 45 years fighting over the rest of the world. It was the great ideological struggle, with the US on the side of capitalism and profit, and the USSR pushing Communism, so-called. While both sides presented themselves as the good guy in this situation, the reality is that there are no good guys. Both parties to the Cold War engaged in forcible regime changes, built up vast nuclear arsenals, and basically got up to dirty tricks. If you had to pick a bad guy though, I would point out that the USSR had no intention of bringing Laika the Cosmonaut Dog home alive. That poor dog never had a shot.

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Thanks to Raoul Meyer for the YUGOGAL photo.

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the best thing Stalin did was beat Hitler

the worst thing Stalin did was become Hitler

Author — Adrian Duran


I saw what u did there. "Our" bad. Haha keep it up comrade

Author — Papa Stalin


Today I learned what “1st world”, “2nd world”, and “3rd world” actually mean. I’d heard the 1st and 3rd terms before and kind of understood them from context, but didn’t have a clear definition until now. Thanks, John!

Author — Trevin Beattie


To all the people complaining about bias you have to realize that all history being told by a human (which is all history) is coming from their perceived point of view and biases. Instead, of complaining about them get your history from multiple sources and put together yourself what you believe to be the most accurate portrayal of history. As Captain Price once said, "History is written by the victor."

Author — Jack McGranahan


No my friends in the comment section. I'm not here because I have an exam. Am I the only one watching these videos for pleasure?

Author — Felix Rivas


I’m Russian and live in the UK now but my parents lived in the USSR and told me how at school they were taught how to shoot guns and set off grenades

Author — Xenia


me from the past: i won't just watch a bunch of crash course videos before my ap exam
me now: i won't comment about just watching crash course videos for the ap exam
me now now: i am such a disappointment

Author — Amanda McLellan


I really like you as a person Mr. John Green

Author — Akash Kumar


How I learn history:

.1 School

99.9 crash course

Author — Gabe Thomas


Can't even shoot straight
What a savage

Author — Chandler Armstrong


I never thought that the guy teaching us history would also give us The Fault In Our Stars...

Author — Lynn Dai


In Soviet Russia, you don't write DBQs. DBQs write you.



Meredith going from Intern to Script Supervisor is the kind of glow up in searching for in 2019

Author — Kit Arencibia-Rue


LOL So the U.S. funded terrorism against themselves lmao

Author — Federalcat30


You just have your "own wesetern history". We also have our own. But i think the real one is something in between.

Author — Андрей Волошин


"The past feels distant even when it's near, and the future seems assured - even though it isn't"

Author — Spotlight Moonlight


You're boring cue the intro


Author — Estonian Mapping


"The past feels distant even when It's near
And the future seems assured even though It isn't "

John Green

Author — MrBander1


Who’s here because their regents or finals are coming up 🤧🤧🤧

Author — Michael PIZZAMEN


thanks i have my history mocks today and i’m cramming lmao

Author — Isabel Estyn-Jones