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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, March 13, 2021

Lusitania sinking, illustration from The War of the Nations (New York), December 31, 1919. World War I, WWI. This image is one of three on the page. (See source file for the other two.)
Who Becomes President After the President and Vice President?
The presidential line of succession is longer than you might think.
Demystified / World History
Jacqueline Kennedy and Lady Bird Johnson stand by President Lyndon B. Johnson as he takes the oath of office aboard Air Force One after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, November 22, 1963.
Ten Days That Vanished: The Switch to the Gregorian Calendar
In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII introduced a more accurate calendar. But switching over wasn’t easy.
#WTFact / World History
Cathedrale St.Jean in Lyon, France has a 14th-century astronomical clock that shows religious feast days till the year 2019; Perpetual Calendar
What was Hadrian’s relationship with his Jewish subjects?
What was Hadrian’s relationship with his Jewish subjects?
Companion / World History
Hadrian, Roman emperor from 117 to 138.
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
French Revolution
French Revolution, revolutionary movement that shook France between 1787 and 1799 and reached its first climax there in 1789—hence...
Encyclopedia / World History
Louis XVI: execution by guillotine

World History Quizzes

View of the ROV Hercules investigating the stern of Titanic during a 2004 expedition  deployed from the NOAA ship, Ronald H. Brown
The Titanic
The Titanic was a marvel. How much do you know about this infamous ship? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
Squadron of soldiers of the Ertugrul Cavalry Regiment of the Imperial Guard of Abdulhamid II of the Ottoman Empire in Constantinople, now Istanbul, Turkey.
The Ottoman Empire
What was a dragoman? What happened on June 15, 1826? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
Mamluk (Mameluke) of Ottoman Imperial Guard. The Mamluk fought Napoleon when he invaded Egypt but lost power in massacre of 1811 instigated by Muhammad Ali Pasha (1769-1849). Aquatint c1820
Egypt Since the Pharaohs
You may have studied Ancient Egypt, but how much do you know about the time after the pharaohs? Test your knowledge with...
Temple of Artemis at Jerash, Jordan. (Jarash, Jordan)
Ancient Anatolia
Which Anatolian kingdom was the lengendary King Midas said to have ruled? Test your knowledge of Ancient Anatolia.
James Bowie fighting from his sick bed during the Battle of the Alamo, from the book, "The Lost Gold of Montezuma," 1898. (Whether Bowie was capable of fighting by then has been disputed.) Texas Revolution, Texas revolt, Texas independence, Texas history.
Texas Revolution
What was the deciding battle of the Texas Revolution? Where was the Texas Declaration of Independence signed? Test your knowledge...
Cowboy wrassling horses
This or That? Cowboy vs Ranger
Do you know the difference between a cowboy and a ranger? Match these famous men with their professions.
FBI mug shot of Baby Face Nelson aka Lester M. Gillis, Lester Gillis or George Nelson. Federal Bureau of Investigation historical photograph, 1931
Mobster Names
Were "Pretty Boy" and "Bugsy" actually people’s given names? Test your knowledge of mobsters’ names, nicknames, and epithets...
Customers walk out of a closing Borders Bookstore on July 22, 2011, in San Francisco, California. Economy, unemployment, Great Recession of 2008-09
Financial Crisis of 2007-08
What contributed to the financial crisis, and who was involved? Test your economic knowledge with this quiz.
Lucy Burns Speaking in from of a group of people. American Suffragist. Womens Rights. ca. 1910-1915
Women’s History: Nineteenth Amendment and Women’s Suffrage
Women in the United States were finally granted the right to vote with the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. How much...
Fidel Castro arrives MATS Terminal, Washington, D.C.
U.S. and Cuba
Relations between the United States and Cuba have a storied history. How much do you know about the ties and feuds between...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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