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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, September 18, 2020

    Did Marie-Antoinette Really Say “Let Them Eat Cake”?
    Party like it’s 1789
    Demystified / World History
    Portrait of Marie Antoinette by Jean-Francois Janinet, 1777. Color etching and engraving with gold leaf printed on two sheets, 30x13.5 in.
    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.
    Pearl Harbor in Context
    How Pearl Harbor fit into the overall trajectory of World War II.
    Companion / World History
    pg 159Explosions rock American base at Pearl Harbor following surprise Japanese attack, December 7, 1941.To Japan, an eventual attack on the United States, specifically on the island outpost of Hawaii, was aninevitable beginning of military action agains
    Military Commanders of World War I
    Learn more about the commanders of World War I.
    List / World History
    Meeting of leaders in W.W.I, General Hindenburg, Kaiser William II, General Ludendorff examine maps during World War I in Germany.
    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 White House in Washington, D.C., USA. The north portico which faces Pennsylvania Avenue.
    President of the United States: Fact or Fiction?
    Is former U.S. President Jimmy Carter associated with the New Deal? Has any U.S. president served more than two four-year...
    1:054 Alexander the Great: The Boy Who Conquered a Horse, portrait of Alexander the Great
    Ancient Greece: Fact or Fiction?
    Did the Greeks and the Romans worship a goddess of love? Was Naples, Italy, founded by Greeks? Sort fact from fiction in...
    Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon in Coronation Robes or Napoleon I Emperor of France, 1804 by Baron Francois Gerard or Baron Francois-Pascal-Simon Gerard, from the Musee National, Chateau de Versailles.
    Emperors, Conquerors, and Men of War: Fact or Fiction?
    Was Napoleon Bonaparte nicknamed the Sun King? Was Genghis Khan’s empire very small? Conquer these questions—and expand your...
    Copan. Stucco and stone Maya sculpture in the reconstruction of Structure 8N-66 South, Museo de Escultura, Copan sculpture museum, Honduras. UNESCO World Heritage Site, ancient Maya city
    Exploring Latin America: Fact or Fiction?
    Did Chile gain its independence in 1818? Did the Incan people rule over ancient Mexico? Sort fact from fiction in this journey...
    Navy. U.S. Navy markings near the cockpit of a restored vintage aircraft. airplane, aircraft carrier
    Submarines, Ships, and other Watercraft: Fact or Fiction?
    Has a naval vessel reached depths of more than 10,000 meters? Was the first nuclear submarine launched in 1945? Test the...
    Viking Ship
    European History: Fact or Fiction?
    Was the euro introduced in 1999? Were the Normans descendants of Vikings? Sort fact from fiction—and euro from Nero—in this...
    9:062-63 Liberty: When People Want to Be Free, Liberty Bell, battle scene from American Revolutionary War
    Warfare: Fact or Fiction?
    One may describe a feeling of sadness as being "blue" and cowardice as being "yellow," but did American revolutionaries refer...
    Bombardment of Fort Sumter, Charleston, South Carolina April 12, 1861 as Confederate forces open fire on the nearly completed U.S. federal garrison on a man-made island in South Carolina's Charleston harbor. American Civil War initial engagement
    Wars Throughout History: Fact or Fiction?
    Was The American Civil War fought between East and West? Did the Normans conquer England in 1066? From Hessians to the use...
    A Harry Houdini poster promotes a theatrical performance to discredit spiritualism.
    History Makers: Fact or Fiction?
    Was Nikita Khrushchev a tsar of Russia? Sort fact from fiction in this quiz of history makers.
    Alaska Regional Locator map, United States
    The United States of America: Fact or Fiction?
    Was Alaska once ruled by a king? Has an amendment to the U.S. Constitution ever been repealed? Earn your stars and stripes...
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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.
    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.
    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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    English axman in combat with Norman cavalry during the Battle of Hastings, detail from the 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry, Bayeux, France. 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.
    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.
    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.
    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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