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This week, we'll be talking about the idea of civilization, some of the traditional hallmarks of so-called civilization, and why some people would choose to live outside the civilization model. It turns out, not everyone who lives outside of what we traditionally think of as a "civilized" social order is necessarily a barbarian!

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1.  US History (cc)

John Green teaches you the history of the United States of America in 47 episodes! 48 videos

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2.  Civil War and Reconstruction (Yale)

This course explores the causes, course, and consequences of the American Civil War, from the 1840s to 1877. 27 videos

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3.  World History I (cc)

John Green teaches you the history of the world in 42 episodes! 42 videos

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4.  Death (Yale)

This course will examine a number of issues that arise once we begin to reflect on our mortality. The possibility that death may not actually be the end is considered. 26 videos

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5.  World History II (cc)

Watch as John Green returns to teaching World History! 17 videos

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6.  Political Philosophy (Yale)

This course is intended as an introduction to political philosophy as seen through an examination of some of the major texts and thinkers of the Western political tradition. 24 videos

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7.  History (KA)

This course from Khan Academy covers the history of the world! 26 videos

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8.  Epidemics in Western Society (Yale)

This course consists of an international analysis of the impact of epidemic diseases on western society and culture from the Bubonic plague to HIV/AIDS and the recent experience of SARS and swine flu. 26 videos

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9.  The Early Middle Ages (Yale)

Major developments in the political, social, and religious history of Western Europe from the accession of Diocletian to the feudal transformation. 22 videos

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10.  The American Revolution (Yale)

The American Revolution entailed some remarkable transformations--converting British colonists into American revolutionaries, and a cluster of colonies into a confederation of states with a common cause -- but it was far more complex and enduring then the fighting of a war. 25 videos