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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, December 05, 2020

    Rosa Parks, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the Birth of the Civil Rights Movement
    How Rosa Parks became “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement”
    Companion / World History
    Rosa Parks 1913-2005, whose refusal to move to the back of a bus touched off the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. Fingerprinting Parks is Deputy Sheriff D .H. Lackey. December 1, 1955.
    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.
    Pablo Escobar: 8 Interesting Facts About the King of Cocaine
    Get to know the infamous drug kingpin.
    List / World History
    A mug shot taken by the regional Colombia control agency in Medellin
    Did Nero Really Fiddle as Rome Burned?
    It really depends on how you define “fiddle.”
    Demystified / World History
    Nero (Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus) (ad 50-54) the fifth Roman emperor (ad 54-68), stepson and heir of the emperor Claudius.
    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
    Encyclop?dia 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

    The Order of the Garter one of four European orders of chivalry James V belonged to and had engraved above the arch at the fore entrance to Linlithgow Palace in Scotland around 1533. English royalty, coat of arms, royal insignia
    English Royalty: Fact or Fiction?
    William the Conquerer. Queen Elizabeth I. Catherine of Aragon. You may be familiar with the names, but how much about these...
    8:152-153 Knights: King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table, crowd watches as men try to pull sword out of a rock
    English Men of Distinction: Fact or Fiction?
    In Britain, is a knight given the title "Sir?" Is Prince Charles the Earl of Inverness? Sort fact from fiction in this quiz...
    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?...
    5:120-121 Exploring: Do You Want to Be an Explorer?, Ferdinand Magellan & ship; ugly fish, sharks, etc.; ship sails through a channel; Cortes discovers Aztec Indians; pyramids, floating island homes, corn
    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...
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    World History Subcategories

    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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    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.
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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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    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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