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 13, 2021

What Is Known (and Not Known) About the Tunguska Event
Here is what scientists have determined and supposed about the 1908 explosion in Siberia.
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Siberian taiga and the river Tunguska fall from a helicopter.
Timeline of the American Civil Rights Movement
Who, what, when, and where of the civil rights movement.
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African Americans demonstrating for voting rights in front of the White House as police and others watch, March 12, 1965. One sign reads, "We demand the right to vote everywhere." Voting Rights Act, civil rights.
6 Ingenious Escapes
Feeling stuck? Get inspired by these brilliant breakouts.
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General view of Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Bay, California. (prisons, penitentiary
Did Marie-Antoinette Really Say “Let Them Eat Cake”?
Party like it’s 1789
Demystified / World History
Portrait of Marie Antoinette by Jean-Francois Janinet, 1777. Color etching and engraving with gold leaf printed on two sheets, 30x13.5 in.
Renaissance
Renaissance, (French: “Rebirth”) period in European civilization immediately following the Middle Ages and conventionally...
Encyclopedia / World History
Petrarch
Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire, empire created by Turkish tribes in Anatolia (Asia Minor) that grew to be one of the most powerful states...
Encyclopedia / World History
Ottoman Empire
Napoleon I
Napoleon I, French general, first consul (1799–1804), and emperor of the French (1804–1814/15), one of the most celebrated...
Biography
Jacques-Louis David: The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries
Industrial Revolution
Industrial Revolution, in modern history, the process of change from an agrarian and handicraft economy to one dominated...
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Industrial Revolution

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Terracotta Army aka Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Terra-cotta sculptures in the tomb of the first Qin emperor Shihuangdi, near Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China. Chi'n Shih Huang Ti
Exploring Korea and China: Fact or Fiction?
Does North Korea have a democratic government? Was China the first communist state? From slavery to the United Nations, learn...
Photograph shows the ruins of the Cloth Hall after the Battle of Ypres during World War I in Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium, September 29, 1918.
World War I: Fact or Fiction?
Did Canada fight on the side of Britain in World War I? Was Italy an ally of Germany in World War I? From the Flying Tigers...
Operation Barbarossa, German troops in Russia, 1941. Nazi German soldiers in action against the Red Army (Soviet Union) at an along the frontlines in the early days of the German invasion of the Soviet Union, 1941. World War II, WWII
World War II: Fact or Fiction?
Does the term "D-Day" refer to the invasion of Japan? Did Turkey fight on the side of Germany in World War II? Sort fact...
Tanks of World War II. (Left) German Pz. IV (foreground) and Pz. III (background) tanks, 1942.
Wartime Germany: Fact or Fiction?
Did Nazi Germany invent the nuclear submarine? Were Germany and Japan allies in World War II? Learn more about wartime Germany...
Red Fort (Lal Qil'ah or Lal Qila), UNESCO World Heritage Site, Old Delhi, India. (mughal, architecture, Indian, sandstone)
Exploring India: Fact or Fiction?
When did India became an independent nation free of British rule? From the Gupta period to the "Julius Caesar" of India,...
D-Day. Detail of one of six components of the National D-Day Memorial, Bedford, Virginia, June 12, 2006. D-Day the first day of the Normandy Invasion of World War II launched June 6, 1944. WWII
The Second World War: Fact or Fiction?
Did Japan win World War II? Did World War II begin with the invasion of Poland? Strap on your thinking caps—and flight helmets—and...
"What about India?" Poster of India, Buddha, Gandhi, and the Taj Mahal by Maurice Merlin, an artist with the Federal Art Project, of the Works Progress Administration. WPA, Mahatma Gandhi, Indian independence, Quit India movement, Mohandas Gandhi.
India’s History: Fact or Fiction?
Was Bangladesh once a part of India? Was Gandhi born with the name Mahatma? Learn about government, the Gupta dynasty, and...
Ivan IV. Woodcut of Ivan the Terrible, Tsar of Russia, c16th century. Ruler of Russia as grand duke (1533-47) and czar (1547-84). aka Ivan Vasilevish, Ivan Vasilyevich, Ivan Grozny
Exploring Russia: Fact or Fiction?
Although it is the largest country in the world, how expansive is your knowledge of Russia? From historic tsars to contemporary...
Flag of South Africa (1994-). The flag of the Republic of South Africa adopted on April 27, 1994. A flag of Africa. African flag. exploring africa
Africa at Random: Fact or Fiction?
You may be familiar with the West African stories of the spider and tortoise, but are you familiar with the riddle of the...
A Yeoman Warder of the guard (Beefeater) at the Tower of London in London, England.
English Culture and Custom: Fact or Fiction?
You may know that Britons love to drink tea, but have people driven on the left side of the road in England since the Middle...
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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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