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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. Sorry to disappoint, but the economist t-shirts are not a real product. Thanks to Raoul Meyer for the YUGOGAL photo. Crash Course World History is now available on DVD! http://store.dftba.com/products/crashcourse-world-history-the-complete-series-dvd-set Follow us: @thecrashcourse @realjohngreen @raoulmeyer @crashcoursestan @thoughtbubbler @saysdanica Like us!: http://www.facebook.com/youtubecrashcourse Support Crash Course on Patreon: http://patreon.com/crashcourse
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Shawn Landden (2 days ago)
Both are based on the idea of progress through technology, and rapidly eat through natural resources, especially oil. The US is of course going to collapse soon.
Die ? (3 days ago)
About Stalin... It's seems rude. I mean he's like national hero. Everyone knows that he isn't good person, but everyone things that he helped USSR.
Victor Olomu (4 days ago)
Best Wishes. -John Green
Excom Films (5 days ago)
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Мертвого льва может пнуть любой, а ты пни живого, будет любопытно поглядеть на последствия.
Daniel Hamilton (6 days ago)
But silly puddy was like used by spies or something like that...
We love you too America.
Xander Reynolds (9 days ago)
The topaz draps The iron curtain
Toby Freeman (12 days ago)
"The past feels distant even when it's near, and the future seems assured - even though it isn't"
Alex BB (13 days ago)
Without Einstein no country would have had nuclear capabilities...
Shea Layton (13 days ago)
Charlie Cross (15 days ago)
The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the first shots of ww3
Olesya Gorshkova (19 days ago)
A satellite, a man, a dog and a woman in space first☺️
TheThirdMan (25 days ago)
Does anyone here know anything else about Stalin other than, “You know he killed like 20 million people”?
Rehan Zahid (28 days ago)
11:01 Oh look Charlie Puth ; how long has this been going on?:P
KillerTacos (28 days ago)
Great video!
Fireyros (29 days ago)
hun gary not hungry
Niccolo Machiavelli (30 days ago)
Is it any way possible to get your sources from this video? I know its odd, but Im writing a research paper on whether the Soviets or US were responsible for the Cold war, who was the main antagonist, whether antagonism was mutual or if it was a result o mutual misperception.
monserrat hinojosa (1 month ago)
‘He can’t even shoot straight ‘ I burst out laughing 😂 oh no I have such a bad and dark humor
Stalin was a tyrant?! well, it depends how you look at it, he shot villains, enemies of the people, the capitalists who to this day do not want to work honestly and want to parasite on someone else's work robbing the people and bringing it to beggary, and themselves richer and on TV stupid transfers for stupid people. during his reign in the postwar years, he was able to rebuild the country and at the same time appreciated the human labor, the work of builders, doctors,miners, metallurgists, engineers, agronomists.., simple hard workers, no wonder the symbol of Soviet power were the hammer and sickle personification of the unity of workers and peasants. about the harsh laws of Stalin and say no, he reduced the working day to 8 hours, and said that it is necessary to reduce to 6ti, and then to 5ti that people had more free time for comprehensive development, because he made education free, by the way in the USSR at that time was the best education in the world.the Americans intimidated the Soviet Union that they didn't even have the desire to understand what the ideas of communism and what they eat. after all, Stalin is bad because bad because you didn't give fat bastards to steal from the Treasury. Putin is far from Stalin, he can not even and does not want to nationalize those industries that could bring a lot of money to the Treasury, and now that the oil that wood processing, that diamond... industries are all in private hands of those people whom you can find in the lists of "Forbes" and about any strong ruble can not talk, because all this so-called elite holds all their money in dollars and lives in Europe, like the children of Putin and other politicians, and the people are not in Moscow or St. Petersburg, and on the periphery now you've really learned more about Russian history ;)
Rick Stuifzand (26 days ago)
No, it does not depent on perspective. He was a sole ruler that purged all his oponents.
Сталин был деспотом?! ну-ка это глядя с какой стороны поглядеть, он расстреливал негодяев, противников народа, капиталистов которые и по сей денек не желают честно трудиться, а желают паразитировать на чужом труде обирая люд и доводя его до нищенства, а сами богатеют и демонстрируют по ТВ тупые передачи для отупения людей. во пора его правления в послевоенные годы он сумел отстроить страну и при этом ценил человечий труд, труд строителей, докторов,шахтёров, металлургов, инженеров, агрономов.., обычных трудяг, неспроста эмблемой русской власти являлись серп и молот персонификация единства рабочих и фермеров. о грозных законах Сталина и гласить не стоит, он уменьшил пролетарий денек до 8 часов, и гласил что необходимо уменьшить до 6ти, а позже и до 5ти что бы у людей было больше свободного времени на всестороннее развитие, ведь образование он сделал бесплатным, к слову в СССР на тот момент было наилучшее образование в мире.янки умышленно запугивали СССР что бы у их даже не было желания осознать что такое идеи коммунизма и с чем их едят. ведь нехороший Сталин поэтому и нехороший поэтому что не давал заевшимся гадам красть из казны. путину далековато до Сталина, он даже не может и не желает что страшней национализировать те отрасли которые могли бы приносить в казну кучу средств, а на данный момент что нефтяная, что деревоперерабатывающая, что алмазодобывающая... отрасли все находятся в личных руках у тех людей которых вы сможете отыскать в перечнях "форбс" и ни о каком сильном рубле не может шагать выговор, поэтому что вся эта этак именуемая элита держит все свои средства в баксах и живёт в Европе, будто и малыши путина и других политиков, а люд не в Москве либо Питере, а на периферии живёт будто скот. сейчас вы вправду узнали больше о Российской истории ;)
NIZAM UDDIN (1 month ago)
plz speak slowly i cant understand
Grunoloj (1 month ago)
Led his country into a superpower, defeated the most powerful opponent in History. The country, thanks to its management, was the first to build nuclear reactors and space rockets in the world. ... bad! tyrant! mass murderer! asshat!!
Martin Kravtsuk (1 month ago)
I am very sorry that you know Stalin only from the bad side, and you do not see how much he has done good and weighty actions! I certainly do not deny that he did a lot of bad, but this is a trifle!
bn ezabela (1 month ago)
Thnx you just helped me understand the lesson we did today 😀☺😉😁🙋
Иван Иванов (1 month ago)
I'm sorry, but you're not playing dumb, you're really stupid. :))))
Иван Иванов (26 days ago)
to argue with an idiot, the points do not respect themselves
Иван Иванов (26 days ago)
now I know the value of your degrees :))))
Rick Stuifzand (26 days ago)
He has a degree. What do you have except for pointless ad hominims?
Connor B. (1 month ago)
anugrah tewari (1 month ago)
Mr Green don't be so mean to yourself from the past plz
Samuel Gebrehiwet (1 month ago)
These Crash Course videos don't seem like they're 12-15 minutes, they feel more like 30 minute videos to me but I get a lot of info from watching these videos before the day of most of my tests.
Andrei Mihail (1 month ago)
Ceaușescu was executed while filmed by the national television
Farah T (1 month ago)
you are so annoying
Kyle Davis (1 month ago)
“Noted asshat Joseph Stalin.” That made me LOL.
Amin Azarian (1 month ago)
you talk tooo fast :(((
Schol-R-LEA ;2 (1 month ago)
I would say the one most influential in the fall of the Soviet bloc was Anatoly Dyatlov. Rendering a third of your region's grain-growing land unusable overnight, and having to commit a half a million soldiers (who would then be permanent invalids once they were done) and most of your liquid assets to prevent the problem from getting immensely worse, is sort a big deal. Sometimes, reaching for a big promotion by trying to beat a better prepared team of specialists to the punch just isn't worth it.
Sebastian Sasa (1 month ago)
Bias Mr. Veg Green. Was Jesus even born in U.S.??? Sheep's clothing American,roots of all evil.
Lajya Thakur (1 month ago)
Third world was NAM ....newly independent countries
Malin Storvand (1 month ago)
You're not funny. Most of us are watching because we have exams or school stuff. Stop trying so hard to be funny, I just need the information
Love to USA from Ukraine 🇺🇦❤️🇺🇸
The USSR put thousands of soldiers in labor camps after WW2 because Stalin thought they didn’t perform well enough he was right he just though them into the german war machine Germans killed a lot more Soviets than Soviets killed Germans good old USA made the guns for the USSR too Remington hex top mosins
Angdafd Gamer (1 month ago)
stupid amerikan fat blyats (JK)
Gabriel Urban (1 month ago)
nobody wins
Dynamic Ice (1 month ago)
In El Salvador many Salvadorans were killed by death squads supported by Americans
Dynamic Ice (1 month ago)
I can’t wait to see trump as the asshat of the 21st century
jon jon (1 month ago)
где российские субтитры сука
David Forro (2 months ago)
Hi from Slovakia
Immaweirdo (2 months ago)
the reason im here is cuz my teacher speaks way to fast but SO DO U. great vid thoooo
Lorenzo Duarte (2 months ago)
can anyone help me? I have an essay and was wondering how did the Berlin wall affect U.S foreign affairs?
Nadeem Sumair (2 months ago)
But america fall into the hole which she dig for others in past. She is on her knees now. Every great has a worst fall. Next is America writing on the wall.
fuck the alt right (1 month ago)
That Guy Over There (2 months ago)
Reagan the legend
Samin T. (2 months ago)
where is the shock thing?
TheMeanAdmin (2 months ago)
I would like to point out that while most of us never knew of "silly putty" in USSR (it had a short stint back in 60s and disappeared into obscurity) - we did have plenty of other "useless consumer products" such as all the plasticine our parents could bear.
aurell (2 months ago)
2012: this video 2015: digging up the grave of communism 2018: The project of revival seems going okay so far.
Joseph Stalin (2 months ago)
Dude Uncool
TWITCH_SKULL (6 days ago)
don't worry modern Russia has spetznatz
Sumant Rajkumar (7 days ago)
+Leon haha
Leon (8 days ago)
Hey, he gave you his best wishes. More than I would have done.
zeth nacreh (10 days ago)
+Oscar Wang hahahaha this made me luagh a lot lol XD
Oscar Wang (10 days ago)
Mr. Stalin, I'm asking you very politely to return to your grave.
Quang Dũng Ngô (2 months ago)
kinda one-sided, am I correct?
Quang Dũng Ngô (26 days ago)
not that I think Stalin is a great guy
Quang Dũng Ngô (26 days ago)
Rick Stuifzand (26 days ago)
Not really and based on your profile I can assume a bias.
A R (2 months ago)
Praise papa stalin
Zhang Tse (2 months ago)
I really wish you read any Soviet books and simple revolutionary books....you sound like most of your right wing followers
cubed216 (2 months ago)
"he can't even shoot straight" savage lmao
Tom Frazier (2 months ago)
The Soviets already had the Bomb, as their spies were getting all the info. I grew up surrounded by California Leftists, I recall seeing Red Dawn, and feeling as if I'd just watched porno. "You can't hug your child with nuclear arms" ad nauseam. I remember causemobiles, Subaru wagons with paper rear liftgates. The 60s never stopped in some places.
Christos Konstantopoulos (2 months ago)
Well, the Cold War did heat up in Europe, in the Greek Civil War
Привет, этак будто я нехорошо знаю британский оставлю комментарий на российском. Совершенно случаем я натолкнулся на ваши переводы на российский и мне приглянулась ваша подача. Всё взвешено и аргументированно, однако отчего в последних выпусках когда тема затрагивала СССР была очевидная нерасположение к фигуре Сталина? Я не собираюсь никого отстаивать этак будто в тот этап истории всё было довольно трудно, однако вот из за этого я и не понимаю такую односторонную позицию.
Actual hellspawn (2 months ago)
This is kind of really biased against the USSR lmao is this what America teaches their kids no wonder y'all a bunch of entitled assholes
Yasir Syed (2 months ago)
Keynes, centrist....
Vladimir Stepanenko (2 months ago)
Dương Dặng Quang (2 months ago)
You’re intro makes me scared to ask what did they teach you in elementary school.
Predator Vin (2 months ago)
Пропаганда в чистом виде.СССР растерял в этой войне 27-30 миллионов людей .А США пришли когда уже практически всё было готово .
Erwin Rommel (2 months ago)
Can I get a Mussolini shirt?
Jake Pope (2 months ago)
Saying Capitalism was better in hindsight ignores the impossible challenges that Communism had to face. Russia had just hosted a several wars and had lost more people to war in the early 20th century than any other nation on the planet. Communism was constantly being stomped out at all turns by the US, who had the distinct advantage during post WWII of not having to ever rebuild their entire government. As far as food production goes, Russia is smack dab in the middle of one of the coldest and harshest environments in the world. Still, in a few decades they went from an agricultural nation with a Czar to a nuclear industrial superpower that occasionally rivaled the might of the US. Russia had another disadvantage of being the face Communism, which means when Russia collapsed, a lot of people's beliefs in Communism fell too. Saying Communism works only on paper is ignorant of the very real odds against it. Don't ignore how many tries it took for Capitalism to replace Feudalism, and how violent its coming was.
Ya Boi (2 months ago)
11:15 is my FAVORITE reactions John EVER had!XD
Josh Beck (2 months ago)
USA also during this time allowed Ferdinand Marcos to become a dictator in the Philippines, an ally country of ours and effectively stagnating the Philippines progress and I'd say setting it back almost 80 years. Now that's what I call containment.
gevurahs (2 months ago)
I wonder why people insist on saying Stalin or Lenin were dumb people. I mean... in the glimps of a century they managed to bring a nation of nations from feudalism to postIndustrial era and second world's superpower. Isn't that an amazing achievment?
Ruissia won the cold war! What are you talking about and your soldiers retreated !
Rick Stuifzand (26 days ago)
What on earth are you blabbering about? Communism failed and the USSR split apart.
Fake,Stalin had saved you from the nazis and Russia is the king in this world.
Tom Son (2 months ago)
American idiots always lose. First, they appointed Hitler Chancellor so he made a campaign against communism, but the Soviet Union won and took half of Europe, then they brought Gorbachev and Yeltsin to destroy the USSR, but now everyone is saying that communism was better, the most popular personality in the polls is Lenin and Stalin ))) American idiots got a big country with nuclear weapons that do not believe them, hates them and never wants to cooperate....soon will be very hot )))
Tom Son (26 days ago)
I'll do the same with yours.
Rick Stuifzand (26 days ago)
I won't bother with your comment.
Dalton beverly (2 months ago)
This antistalin pro capitalist nonsense makes me made
Rick Stuifzand (26 days ago)
Being pro mass murder is hard.
CSIAS Official (2 months ago)
I watched three crash course videos in school today over ancient India and China...I came back again to watch the cold war. Here I thought I wasn't a nerd
Keith Thedford II (2 months ago)
Ah! Putin!
German Garcia Jr (2 months ago)
and the US didn't help the Freedom Fighters in Hungary.
Rick Stuifzand (26 days ago)
Correct. They thought it would escalate.
Some epic nothing (3 months ago)
your definition of the first world isnt entirely accurate since there where rich capitalist democratic (in some cases way more democratic than the us) like switzerland wich defined themselfes more as third than first world countries
Сука , мы с товарищами за Кобу для тебя бошку разобьём ! Слава величавому Сталину.
Xero Wolf (3 months ago)
Oh??? No mention of the US invading Grenada in 1983??? Ok k "everyone else" then.
Ezra Birkbeck-Matthews (3 months ago)
Well that end quote is relevant anew with the second cold war going on now
Marco Escalante-Martinez (3 months ago)
Stalin didn't exchange his son because his son was a private and the Nazi soldier they were gonna trade was a general
Rick Stuifzand (26 days ago)
Suuuuuuuuuure. That was the reason.
Chris Hughes (3 months ago)
Nice! Couple of important clarifications: The USA was interested in expanding markets not simply their markets...there leaving countries sovereign is one evidence of that....and they did not have a poor civil rights record relative to anywhere else in the world at the time including the USSR
Sameer Fazil (3 months ago)
2:48 damn they had flex seal back then LMAO (On the missile)
Ali Taimoor (3 months ago)
US dropped a-bomb on japan not to intimidate Soviet but to pace up war to its conclusion because Soviets already had their sights set on Japan.
Yahny's MIX (3 months ago)
You're boring que the intro😂😂
Anal Rampage (3 months ago)
Primary Disguise (3 months ago)
Kane was not a centrist
FranFTW (3 months ago)
Omar Abuaita (3 months ago)
Both the USA and the USSR never had the balls to face each other in an all out war. Thank god for that. They don't bury the scared, they bury the dead.
Saraswati Adiwardani (3 months ago)
I hate you
Rick Stuifzand (26 days ago)
The feeling is mutual.
Saraswati Adiwardani (3 months ago)
Boo amarican and yay soviet. Soviet is greater and better and amarican suck
Rick Stuifzand (26 days ago)
That is why it fell apart. Because it was so great and loved.
A Digital (3 months ago)
"Putin!". Well put
Ralff 42 (3 months ago)
Wait wtf u rly had those games back at school?
kill me (3 months ago)
My grandpa served in the Cold War and he died a month ago I miss him
Kingston Howell (3 months ago)
Haaris Mahmood (3 months ago)
Maybe you should do a video on the Hungarian Revolution specifically
fcuking Sg Invain (3 months ago)
Rick Stuifzand (26 days ago)
Well, the USSR collapsed and communism died out, so you can see that as a victory.
Dismalize (3 months ago)
Nandini Maharaj (3 months ago)
It's interesting that you don't mention the non-alignment movement, because that's one of the main themes we study for the Cold War period here in India . :D

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