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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, May 31, 2020

9 Worst Generals in History
Those who can, lead. Those who can’t,...well, nothing seems to stop them from trying.
List / World History
The Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863. (Civil War, Pennsylvania)
What Have We Left on the Moon?
Humans first landed on the Moon 50 years ago and have already left 500,000 pounds of stuff on its surface.
Demystified / World History
Apollo 15 Lunar Module pilot James B. Irwin loads up equipment in preparation for the first lunar extravehicular activitiy on the moon.
Honoring Nelson Mandela
and the day he walked free from prison
Spotlight / World History
South Africa President Nelson Mandela speaks at a luncheon at the United Nations in October 1994
Why did Joseph McCarthy’s influence decline?
Why did Joseph McCarthy’s influence decline?
Companion / World History
Senator Joseph McCarthy standing at microphone with two other men, probably discussing the Senate Select Committee to Study Censure Charges (Watkins Committee) chaired by Senator Arthur V. Watkins, June 1954
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.
World War II
World War II, conflict that involved virtually every part of the world during the years 1939–45. The principal belligerents…
Encyclopedia / World History
World War II
South African War
South African War, war fought from October 11, 1899, to May 31, 1902, between Great Britain and the two Boer (Afrikaner)…
Encyclopedia / World History
Boer troops lining up in battle against the British during the South African War (1899–1902).
Cold War
Cold War, the open yet restricted rivalry that developed after World War II between the United States and the Soviet Union…
Encyclopedia / World History
North Atlantic Treaty Organization

World History Quizzes

16:156 Zoos: A Good Place for Animals to Live, family looking at giraffes and zebras at the zoo
New or Old: Fact or Fiction?
Is the census a modern invention? Has hemp been grown for centuries? Sort fact from fiction in this quiz of new and old discoveries…
Tourist boat in Niagara Falls, New York
Historical Smorgasbord: Fact or Fiction?
Did The Diary of Anne Frank originally have a different title? Was paper money first issued because of a shortage…
Diamonds (brillant precious stone mineral  carat diamond gem cut tiffany gem gemstone jewel)
A Study of History: Fact or Fiction?
Is there a lost city under the Mediterranean Sea? In days of old, were all pirate flags black? From the Dark Ages to the…
Buddha. Bronze Amida the Buddha of the Pure Land with cherry blossoms in Kamakura, Japan. Great Buddha, Giant Buddha, Kamakura Daibutsu
History 101: Fact or Fiction?
Was Buddhism founded in Japan? Does the Jamaican plantation system still flourish today? From Canada to the papacy, sort…
Ax.
History Lesson: Fact or Fiction?
Was aluminum once more valuable than gold? Did Native American people actually bury hatchets when making peace? Uncover the…
Illustration. Montage of Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Constitution of the United States and headshots of Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.
Historical USA
Religious groups, witchcraft trials, ivy league universities, and assembly lines are a few things that have drawn the colorful…
Battle of Midway. Midway Islands. Battle of Midway Poster commemorating June 4, 1942 "The Japanese Attack." U.S. Navy effectively destroyed Japan's naval strength sunk 4 aircraft carriers. Considered 1 of the most important naval battles of World War II
This or That? WWI vs. WWII
Do you know your World War battles? Test your knowledge of which battles happened in WWI and which happened in WWII.
Pirates. Piracy. Skull and crossbones. Jolly Roger flag.
Pirates: Fact or Fiction?
Avast! Test ye knowledge of pirates...or walk the plank.
Flag of Japan
Japanese History: Fact or Fiction?
From tea ceremony to Meiji Restoration, test your knowledge about Japan with this quiz.
People arriving at the Chicago theater for show starring, in person, Jack Carson, Marion Hutton, and Robert Alda. By Stanley Kubrick for Look magazine, 1949. Kubrick became a staff photographer for Look magazine at age 17.
Chicago History: Fact or Fiction?
Whether you’ve lived in Chi-town your whole life or just look at photos on Instagram, test your knowledge of the Windy City…
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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.
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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.
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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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Jodocus Hondius: Sir Francis Drake Global Exploration
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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. 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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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.
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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.
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The 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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