Crash Course is a series of videos hosted a teacher John Green. He covers many of the topics which we study. Most of these video are short lasting no more than 15-20 minutes. Viewing one of these videos ahead of time will help you get a handle on the topic. Now John Green is a northerner and talks fast therefore he can be difficult to understand. but if you hang in you’ll find that viewing these videos are extremely helpful.
View the following video for a good review of the Italian Renaissance.