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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, January 02, 2021

Timeline of the First Opium War
Read more about what happened during the First Opium War.
List / World History
Chinese Opium den, 19th Century
How Long Did the Flu Pandemic of 1918 Last?
The influenza pandemic of 1918–19 was the most severe pandemic of the 20th century and, in terms of total numbers of deaths,...
Companion / World History
Emergency hospital during 1918 Influenza epidemic, Camp Funston, Kansas.
Nikola Tesla's Weird Obsession with Pigeons
Scientist Nikola Tesla is known for many things, but not many people know that he was kind of obsessed with pigeons.
#WTFact / World History
bird. mourning dove. pigeon and dove. Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) family Columbidae.
Pirates, Privateers, Corsairs, Buccaneers: What’s the Difference?
What we talk about when we talk about pirates.
Demystified / World History
Portrait of Edward Teach, known as Blackbeard, image taken from A General History of the Pyrates, 1725; illustration by B. Cole. (pirates)
History of Latin America
History of Latin America, history of the region from the pre-Columbian period and including colonization by the Spanish and...
Encyclopedia / World History
Latin America.
History of Europe
History of Europe, history of European peoples and cultures from prehistoric times to the present. Europe is a more ambiguous...
Encyclopedia / World History
Encyclopædia Britannica: first edition, map of Europe
Industrial Revolution
Industrial Revolution, in modern history, the process of change from an agrarian and handicraft economy to one dominated...
Encyclopedia / World History
Industrial Revolution
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

World History Quizzes

France, Paris, Eiffel Tower, low angle view
Exploring Italy and France: Fact or Fiction?
Was France named for the Franks, a German people? Was the Republic of Venice once ruled by a king? From lilies to the Eiffel...
Charlemagne. (Charles I, Charles the Great, Karl der Grosse, Carolus Magnus, Charles le Grand) 747-814. Chromolithograph of founder and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. King of the Franks (768-814), King of the Lombards (774-814), and Emperor (800-814).
Charlemagne: Fact or Fiction?
Test your knowledge of Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne with this quiz.
Robert Falcon Scott. Postcard commemorating explorer Robert Scott. In memory of the Antarctic heroes the late Captain Scott... Terra Nova Expedition ill-fated second expedition to reach South Pole (1910-12). Shackleton, nautical explore, ship, iceberg
Nautical Exploration and Aviation: Fact or Fiction?
Was an American ship the first ship to reach the North Pole? Is it true that no woman has ever sailed around the world alone?...
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European Exploration: Fact or Fiction?
Were the French the first Europeans to reach southern Africa? Was Christopher Columbus the first European to see South America?...
Philippine President Corazon Aquino (b. Maria Corazon Cojuangco) greets officials in airport terminal. Andrews Air Force Base, U.S., Maryland September 15, 1986. President of the Philippines 1986-1992.
Southeast Asia: Fact or Fiction?
Was Thailand colonized? Has the Philippines ever had a female president? From European colonization to universities, test...
1:055 Alexander the Great: The Boy Who Conquered a Horse, Greek warriors riding horses with spears
Ancient Civilizations: Fact or Fiction?
Were the earliest civilizations of Greece called Aegean? Do any of the ancient Wonders of the World survive? Test how far...
Buffalo Bill. William Frederick Cody. Portrait of Buffalo Bill (1846-1917) in buckskin clothing, with rifle and handgun. Folk hero of the American West. lithograph, color, c1870
Famous American Faces: Fact or Fiction?
Was there a real person called Johnny Appleseed? Did Theodore Roosevelt inspire the teddy bear? Sort fact from fiction while...
Weathered stone sculpture of a king's head on the side of a Church in Somerset, England. English royalty
Faces of European History: Fact or Fiction?
You may have heard of "Robin Hood" and "Bloody Mary," but how much do you really know about these historical figures? Sort...
The White House in Washington, D.C., USA. The north portico which faces Pennsylvania Avenue.
President of the United States: Fact or Fiction?
Is former U.S. President Jimmy Carter associated with the New Deal? Has any U.S. president served more than two four-year...
1:054 Alexander the Great: The Boy Who Conquered a Horse, portrait of Alexander the Great
Ancient Greece: Fact or Fiction?
Did the Greeks and the Romans worship a goddess of love? Was Naples, Italy, founded by Greeks? Sort fact from fiction in...
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Challenger explosion, 1986 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.
Louis XVI: execution by guillotine Age of Revolutions
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China: Han dynasty 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.
Ibn Khaldūn Historians
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Leopold de Rothschild, 1917. Historic Dynasties & Families
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Diana, princess of Wales Historic Nobility
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Daniel Boone Global Exploration
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Bayeux Tapestry: Battle of Hastings 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.
Frederick II Military Leaders
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League of Nations The Modern World
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Desert Archaic culture split-twig figurines 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.
Black Hills expedition, 1874 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.
Western Mediterranean during the Punic Wars 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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