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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Did Marie-Antoinette Really Say “Let Them Eat Cake”?
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What were Alfred’s military achievements?
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6 Real-Life Man-Eating Animals
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Russian Revolution
Russian Revolution, two revolutions in 1917, the first of which, in February (March, New Style), overthrew the imperial government...
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World War I
World War I, an international conflict that in 1914–18 embroiled most of the nations of Europe along with Russia, the United...
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Cold War
Cold War, the open yet restricted rivalry that developed after World War II between the United States and the Soviet Union...
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Renaissance
Renaissance, (French: “Rebirth”) period in European civilization immediately following the Middle Ages and conventionally...
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You know basic history facts inside and out. But what about the details in between? Put your history smarts to the test to...
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Who was the original Edsel? When did a U.S. president first appear on TV? Go back in time for the all-American answers.
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Fight for the title of War Wiz with this quiz on famous conflicts throughout history.
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Get hooked on history as this quiz sorts out the past. Find out who really invented movable type, who Winston Churchill called...
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How many kings of England have been named Henry? Who was the wife of Henry II? From the Magna Carta to the Battle of Agincourt,...
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Which Egyptian pharaoh believed in the idea of a single god? From the pyramids to famous mummies, decode your mental hieroglyphics...
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Who was the first U.S. president to live in the White House? How many presidents were born before the U.S. became a country?...
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Men with short statures and quick tempers are said to have a Napoleon complex, but what was Napoleon Bonaparte’s nickname?...
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Which two U.S. presidents died on the same day? Who was the first president to serve two terms in office? Test the knowledge...
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Involving all the world’s superpowers, this tragic war resulted in over 35 million casualties. From weaponry and spies to...
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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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Chernobyl disaster
nuclear accident, Soviet Union [1986]
Deepwater Horizon oil spill
environmental disaster, Gulf of Mexico [2010]
Great Chicago Fire
American history
Age of Revolutions
This general category includes a selection of more specific topics.
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French Revolution
1787–1799
Meiji Restoration
Japanese history
Haitian Revolution
Haitian history
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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Peloponnesian War
ancient Greek history
Gilgamesh
Mesopotamian mythology
Zhou dynasty
Chinese history
Historians
This general category includes a selection of more specific topics.
ARTICLES
Livy
Roman historian
Jules Michelet
French historian
Thomas Carlyle
British essayist and historian
Historic Dynasties & Families
This general category includes a selection of more specific topics.
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Fugger family
German family
Fatimid dynasty
Islamic dynasty
house of Habsburg
European dynasty
Historic Nobility
This general category includes a selection of more specific topics.
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Casimir IV
king of Poland
Simon de Montfort, earl of Leicester
French noble
Charles
duke of Burgundy
Global Exploration
This general category includes a selection of more specific topics.
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Meriwether Lewis
American explorer
Leif Erikson
Norse explorer
Christopher Columbus
Italian explorer
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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Battle of Tours
European history [732]
Norman Conquest
British history
Black Death
pandemic, medieval Europe
Military Leaders
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Napoleon I
emperor of France
Julius Caesar
Roman ruler
Peter I
emperor of Russia
The Modern World
This general category includes a selection of more specific topics.
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Weimar Republic
German history [1918–1933]
Treaty of Versailles
1919
Mikhail Gorbachev
president of Soviet Union
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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Stone tool industry
archaeology
Acheulean industry
prehistoric toolmaking
Dolmen
archaeology
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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Pearl Harbor attack
Japanese-United States history
Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
United States history
Burr-Hamilton duel
duel, Weehawken, New Jersey, United States [1804]
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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Vietnam War
1954–1975
Afghanistan War
2001–2014
French Revolutionary wars
European history
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