The Dark Ages…How Dark Were They, Really?: Crash Course World History #14


John Green teaches you about the so-called Dark Ages, which it turns out weren’t as uniformly dark as you may have been led to believe. While Europe was indeed having some issues, many other parts of the world were thriving and relatively enlightened. John covers European Feudalism, the cultural blossoming of the Islamic world, and the scientific and artistic advances in China, all during these “Dark Ages.” Along the way, John will raise questions about the validity of Europe’s status as a continent, reveal the best and worst years of his life, and frankly state that science and religion were once able to coexist.

Introduction: Europe 00:00
Why are they called The Dark Ages? 0:50
Feudalism in Medieval Europe 1:34
Dar al Islam and the Umayyad Dynasty 3:55
The Abbasids 4:42
An Open Letter to Science and Religion 7:17
Spanish Muslims in Cordoba 8:15
China’s Golden Age 9:12
Credits 10:52

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