World History

Does history really repeat itself, or can we learn from the mistakes of those who came before us? History provides a chronological, statistical, and cultural record of the events, people, and movements that have made an impact on humankind and the world at large throughout the ages. Investigating the causes and results of past events is critically important in gaining a full understanding and perspective of present-day issues.
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Featured content, July 04, 2021

What was the importance of literacy and learning to Alfred’s rule?
What was the importance of literacy and learning to Alfred’s rule?
Companion / World History
Engraving from 1894 showing King Alfred visiting the monastery school.
Was Dracula a Real Person?
What is the real story behind the prince who may have inspired the character Dracula?
Demystified / World History
Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia (1431-1476), oil on canvas painting from the second half of the 16th century; in the collection of the Ambras Castle, Innsbruck.
Queen Elizabeth's Court Occultist
Was John Dee a sorcerer or a scholar?
#WTFact / World History
"John Dee performing an experiment before Queen Elizabeth I" by Henry Gillard Glindoni. Oil painting 18th century. Pentimento, occult, sorcery, magic.
The 6 Deadliest Earthquakes since 1950
Devastating quakes that caused tremendous loss of life.
List / World History
earthquake. Heavily damaged school in the town of Yingxiu after a major earthquake struck China's Sichuan Province on May 12, 2008.
Byzantine Empire
Byzantine Empire, the eastern half of the Roman Empire, which survived for a thousand years after the western half had crumbled...
Encyclopedia / World History
The Virgin Mary holding the Christ Child (centre), Justinian (left) holding a model of the Hagia Sophia, and Constantine (right) holding a model of the city of Constantinople; mosaic from the Hagia Sophia, 9th century.
Mexican Revolution
Mexican Revolution, (1910–20), a long and bloody struggle among several factions in constantly shifting alliances which resulted...
Encyclopedia / World History
combatant in the Mexican Revolution
Seven Years' War
Seven Years’ War, (1756–63), the last major conflict before the French Revolution to involve all the great powers of Europe....
Encyclopedia / World History
Seven Years' War: Battle of Zorndorf
Thirty Years' War
Thirty Years’ War, (1618–48), in European history, a series of wars fought by various nations for various reasons, including...
Encyclopedia / World History
Thirty Years' War

World History Quizzes

Overlooking the Roman Forum with Temple of Saturn in Rome, Italy
The Roman Empire
In what year did the Roman Empire come to an end? How many hills was Rome built on? From Julius Caesar to the city-state’s...
Concorde. Front end of one of the 20 Concorde supersonic airplanes. A joint British French production they flew for 30 years (1973-2003).
Navigating the Sky
In what year was the first balloon launched? In which state was the first sustained manned flight achieved? Test the heights...
Close-up profile view of American aviator Amelia Earhart sitting in the cockpit of a helicopter. Earhart wears a bomber jacket and flight goggles on her head.
Early Aviation
What was the name of Charles Lindbergh’s Atlantic-crossing airplane? Who was the first pilot to fly solo from Hawaii to California?...
ornithopter. Airplane and Aircraft. 3D illustration of Leonardo da Vinci's plans for an ornithopter, a flying machine kept aloft by the beating of its wings; about 1490.
Inventions: From Bayonets to Jet Engines
When was the safety pin invented? When was the Model T automobile introduced? Dot your I’s and cross your (model) T’s while...
Model T. Ford Motor Company. Car. Illustration of a red Ford Model T car, front view. Henry Ford introduced the Model T in 1908 and automobile assembly line manufacturing in 1913.
American Industry and Innovation
Do you know which American building was the first to rise taller than 20 stories? From the transcontinental railroad to the...
Earth from space. Full-hemisphere views of the Earth showing Hurricane Linda at its peak approaching Baja California on 1997 September 11.
Human Exploration: From Earth to Space
Was Australia the last continent to be discovered? Who was the first human to orbit Earth? From treks through the South Pole...
Tile on a monument of a hammer and sickle. Communist symbolism, communism, Russian Revolution, Russian history, Soviet Union
Exploring Russian History
Who was the first democratically elected president of Russia? From "terrible" rulers to infamous Tsars, test your knowledge...
Napoleon Bonaparte. General Bonaparte on the bridge at Arcole, 17 November, 1796, by Antoine-Jean Gros, Musee National, Chateau de Versailles. The first emblematic image of the Napoleonic myth. Napoleon I
Exploring French History
From the French Revolution to the battle that ended Emperor Napoleon’s rule, dot your Eiffel Towers and cross your croissants...
Mayflower. Plymouth. Photograph of the Mayflower II a full-scale reproduction of the Mayflower. The Mayflower II built in Devon, England, crossed the Atlantic in 1957 maintained by Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, MA.
Early America
Which American colony was founded as a refuge for Catholics? Which colony did Benjamin Franklin represent? From Plymouth,...
Declaration of Independence. Close-up photograph of the Declaration of Independence. July 4, 1776, Continental Congress, American history, American Revolution
Famous Documents
What famous document did Abraham Lincoln write? Thomas Jefferson? From the earliest known system of laws to The Communist...
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earthquake aftermath, Concepción, Chile Accidents & Disasters
Technology and its related processes have been the site of great innovation and advancement over the course of time, but sometimes such improvements came at a high price, after serious accidents, disasters, or tragedies belatedly prompted closer scrutiny of existing procedures. Advances in science have also improved the accuracy of human predictions on some of nature's most forceful manifestations, but earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and other natural phenomena still yield devastating consequences worldwide.
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Louis XVI: execution by guillotine Age of Revolutions
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The ancient Middle East. The Ancient World
The modern world has inherited many cultural elements from ancient civilizations, from communications systems to ways of improving technology. Their stories, battles, and views on life are still relevant today for a full understanding of our world and our cultural legacy.
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Livy Historians
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branches of the Medici family Historic Dynasties & Families
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subcategory placeholder Historic Nobility
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David Livingstone. Global Exploration
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Clement VII The Middle Ages
The Middle Ages comprise the period in European history that began with the collapse of Roman civilization in the 5th century CE and lasted until the dawn of the Renaissance in the 13th, 14th, or 15th century. This interval of time saw the development of the Gothic style of art and architecture, flying buttresses and all. It was also the era of the Crusades and of papal monarchy, and it was during this period that the idea of Europe as a distinct cultural unit emerged.
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Kemal Atatürk Military Leaders
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Kindertransport The Modern World
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Mississippian culture: Ocmulgee National Monument Prehistoric Age
The prehistoric age covers the millions of years that transpired before human beings began to create written records of their life and of the world in which they lived. Archaeology and similar fields of study allow us to fill in the gaps and piece together an image of what life was like for our ancestors, including what kinds of flora and fauna they might have encountered.
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Pearl Harbor attack United States History
As with most nations, the history of the United States contains a number of twists and turns throughout the centuries, from the time of English colonization of North America up to the modern-day America that we're familiar with. Learn more about the people, events, and movements that left an indelible mark in history and shaped the development of the United States as a nation.
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World War I Wars, Battles & Armed Conflicts
Wars, battles, and other domestic or international conflicts, whether armed or diplomatic, are often the outcome of a dispute over natural resources or a struggle for power, influence, and wealth. Major conflicts between nations, peoples, and political groups can end up shifting the cultural and political geography of the world and can also effect change, whether intentional or not, in societal values and the balance of power.
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