Hans Rosling is a Swedish development economist, and for very good reasons, a TED superstar. The captioned one hour documentary was on BBC November 2013. His Gapminder Foundation is a data analysis and presentation goldmine – you can get a self-directed education there.
For the cram course see 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes
Instead of studying history one year at the university, you can watch this video for less than five minutes.