Charles V and the Holy Roman Empire: Crash Course World History #219

Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course World History, and today we’re going to talk about the Holy Roman Empire. Which as Voltaire famously pointed out, was not holy, or Roman, or an empire. But the Holy Roman Empire can help us understand world history, especially during the reign Continue Reading

Class 03 Reading Marx’s Capital Vol I with David Harvey

» NEIL SMITH: So. Money makes the world go round they say. » DAVID HARVEY: Yes. It’s so fascinating- money. We all use it, we all worry about it, we all spend an enormous amount of our time getting it. But if you ask anybody the question: “What is money?”, Continue Reading

Class 10 Reading Marx’s Capital Vol I with David Harvey

We’ve spent a large chunk of time, and Marx has spent many pages, reflecting on the nature of surplus-value and the two kinds of surplus-value: ‘absolute’, which arises from extending the length of the working-day and ‘relative’, which arises out of increases in productivity which are given either by organizational Continue Reading

Class 11 Reading Marx’s Capital Vol I with David Harvey

» SMITH: It seems to me that Chapter Ten begins to raise the question of the historical context and the historical specificity of capitalism, around the working-day in Chapter Ten, but in the context of machinery, in the context of labor in the context of the relation to nature and Continue Reading

Class 02 Reading Marx’s Capital Vol I with David Harvey

» NEIL SMITH: What I remember from those days is how textual the discussion was. And my sense from talking with students here is that while that’s still a core of what you’re trying to do with the book, that the way you’re teaching it has really evolved and changed Continue Reading

India: Largest Democracy, Megadiverse, Peaceful & Full of Contrasts

Between the Far and Middle East is India, the largest democracy in the world and home to one of the most ancient civilizations. Only 6 countries are larger than India and only China has a bigger population. Mark Twain said: >India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace Continue Reading