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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 07, 2021

    Radium Girls: The Women Who Fought for Their Lives in a Killer Workplace
    Being poisoned by their employer led these women to fight back.
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    Marie Curie, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics (1903) and Chemistry (1911).
    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
    What Is the Origin of the Term “Jim Crow”?
    From the end of Reconstruction until the 1960s, racial segregation in the American South was enforced with so-called Jim...
    Companion / World History
    Sheet music cover 'Jim Crow Jubilee' illustrated with caricatures of African-American musicians and dancers. Originally, Jim Crow was a character in a song by Thomas Rice. (racism, segregation)
    How Secret Is Top Secret?
    It has been said that two can keep a secret if one of them is dead, so what happens to classified information when millions...
    Demystified / World History
    Text Top Secret typed on retro typewriter
    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
    Renaissance, (French: “Rebirth”) period in European civilization immediately following the Middle Ages and conventionally...
    Encyclopedia / World History
    Ottoman Empire
    Ottoman Empire, empire created by Turkish tribes in Anatolia (Asia Minor) that grew to be one of the most powerful states...
    Encyclopedia / World History
    Ottoman Empire
    Napoleon I
    Napoleon I, French general, first consul (1799–1804), and emperor of the French (1804–1814/15), one of the most celebrated...
    Jacques-Louis David: The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries

    World History Quizzes

    Tutankhamen. Modern copy of Tutankhamun's sarcophagus aka funeral mask of king Tutankham. King Tut, Pharaoh, Egypt, mummy, Mummified, gold mask, Egyptian
    Egyptian History Quiz
    From the pyramids to the Suez Canal, Egypt has a vast history. How well do you know it? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
    Flag of France
    France: A History Quiz
    The historian Jules Michelet once claimed that “England is an empire, Germany is a nation, a race, France is a person.” This...
    Margaret Thatcher at the Tory Party Conference in Blackpool, Oct. 14, 1981. British Conservative politician and first woman to hold the office of Prime Minister of Great Britain (1979-90).
    Notable Prime Ministers Quiz
    The term prime minister means, literally, the “first,” or most important, minister. Take this quiz to learn more...
    The Battle of Actium, 2 September 31 BC, oil on canvas by Lorenzo A. Castro, 1672.
    Ancient Rome Quiz
    Rome began as a small town, grew to a vast empire, collapsed, and gave rise to this quiz. Figure out how much you know about...
    Siege of Leningrad. 900-day siege. Defences of Leningrad: Radio Picture from Moscow, 1941-43. Sappers of the Red Army cross area near Leningrad through barbed wire barriers and create fortified zones to stop German invaders. World War II
    Russia: A History Quiz
    Russia is the world’s largest country by area, and it has a history to match. Test your knowledge of Russian (including Soviet)...
    Mary I of England painted by Anthonis Mor, 1554; in the collection of the Prado, Madrid.
    Queens in England Quiz
    British royal history includes a great number of queens, some of them reigning over England, others reigning over the United...
    Saladin, the leader of Islamic forces during the Third Crusade; undated engraving.
    Crusades Quiz
    There were at least eight Crusades, beginning in the late 11th century and ending in the late 16th century. Test your knowledge...
    Adolf Hitler participating in a Nazi parade in Munich, Germany, circa 1930s.
    Nazi Germany Quiz
    Which book was considered the bible of National Socialism in Germany’s Third Reich? Who were Hitler’s elite bodyguards? How...
    Marine Corps War Memorial Arlington, VA. Iwo Jima Memorial. By Felix W. de Weldon based on Joe Rosenthal news photo of afternoon flag raising Feb. 23, 1945 WWII World War II. Hompepage blog 2009, history and society, memorial day veterans day 4th of July
    United States at War Quiz
    A war was fought to create the independent United States. Another war was fought that reunited a divided United States. Test...
    Patrick Henry delivering his great speech before the Virginia Assembly, March 23rd, 1775, lithograph by Currier & Ives, 1876.
    Plots and Revolutions Quiz
    Plots and revolutions can take many different forms. Unravel the intrigue with this quiz.
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    World History Subcategories

    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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