Iktf op, he's one of the best historians out there. It's a shame people on this board are so adamant defending backwards European legacies like the Dark Ages (not to mention slavery and other white plights).
>everyone wanted to live in Spain Extremely broad. He gives the example of a Jewish scholar. Although it's true that Al-Andulus had a surprisingly large population of Jews, that doesn't mean it was some paradise for non-Muslims. It should be noted that the Muslim conquest was particularly brutal and saw a large-scale flight of natives to the northern Kingdom of Asturias. And then there's the Almohad rule of Spain, which lasted roughly 150 years, was known to be extraordinary aggressive against the Dhimmis.
Please do not treat John Green as an authority just because he is confident and quirky; he isn't one. True he is factually accurate on details but he always lets his own political agenda guide his scholarship and he extrapolates on his interpretations with no or hugely over-simplified evidence.
But worse than anything he has the hugely modern, narrow minded view of history as the gradual improvement of all society toward the present. He thinks because we have smartphones and female votes we are closer to truth and enlightenment, so he is doomed to be a useless historian.
John Green is probably one of the most dangerous man alive, I'm talking Alfred Rosenberg or Julius Streicher kind-of dangerous.
His historical worldview puts white people in the same place Nazi Germans put on Jews, as perpetually evil parasites who are always sucking off the innocent non-whites/aryans who can do no wrong.
Now, that may be far-fetched, but remember that millions of kids watch these videos, they will go to college and become adults who will guide public policy in the future, and if they carry on with them the believe that white people is the root of all evil, what can stop them from enacting the "final solution to the white problem"?
There are already "Kill the kulaks" vibes coming from places like Salon...
>friend invites me to movie night >okay why not >get there and everyone is watching a John Greene crash course on my major specialization >fucking crawling in my skin the entire time but don't want to act like a sperg >they all look over to me whenever there's a visual gag or some joke >thousand yard stare it until it ends
>>606108 That book was not written by him, that was written by a different person, here is john greens sight http://johngreenbooks.com/ on the side you will see every book he has written, none of them I can tell are historical texts.
>>605970 Oh, thank god, I thought this was going to be yet another one of those "everything that marked the end of the Dark Ages was part of the Dark Ages" meme videos.
On the other hand, his lauding of both Arabia and China is way over the top... And this is /pol/ bait.
I dunno why we can't get the Christfags to accept that the dark ages were dark, and the Atheistfags to accept that religion had nothing to do with it - and indeed prevented Europe from spiraling into oblivion. But alas, I guess we'd have to get them both to accept it at the same time, as they keep egging each other on with this bullshit.
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