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, June 01, 2020

Argentina Celebrates 200 Years of Independence
July 9, 2016, marks the bicentennial of Argentina’s declaration of independence from Spain.
Spotlight / World History
Small Argentinian flags on the street as a souvenirs.
Did Duchess Anastasia Survive Her Family’s Execution?
Find out what really happened to the youngest daughter of Russia’s last tsar.
Demystified / World History
Russian grand duchess Anastasia; undated photograph. (Anastasiya Nikolayevna, Tsar Nicholas II)
6 Teenagers Who Made History
Youth wasn’t wasted on these young people.
List / World History
Joan of Arc, in the presence of Charles VII, King of France, answers the questions of the prelates; she anounces her mission and the visions which have revealed her task. Gillot Saint-Evre, Oil on Canvas, 142 x 167 cm. In the Louvre, Paris, France (notes)
How the Symbolism of the Swastika Was Ruined
The swastika went from being a positive symbol to a negative one.
#WTFact / World History
A background with a view of earthen lamps arranged on the holy Swastika design made of flowers, during Diwali festival in India.
What Is Known (and Not Known) About Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17
The facts about Malaysia Airlines flight 17.
Companion / World History
Eastern Ukraine map with site MH-17 flight crashed on January 2015 in Kiev, Ukraine
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
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
Encyclopædia Britannica: first edition, map of Europe

World History Quizzes

The Peace Palace (Vredespaleis) in The Hague, Netherlands. International Court of Justice (judicial body of the United Nations), the Hague Academy of International Law, Peace Palace Library, Andrew Carnegie help pay for
World Organizations: Fact or Fiction?
Is the North Atlantic Treaty Organization limited to European countries? Is France a member of the Group of Eight? Sort fact…
Homo neanderthalensis, Neanderthal
Prehistory and Origins: Fact or Fiction?
Was the first metal to be worked in prehistory aluminum? Are Homo sapiens the only human species to have existed?…
16:156 Zoos: A Good Place for Animals to Live, family looking at giraffes and zebras at the zoo
New or Old: Fact or Fiction?
Is the census a modern invention? Has hemp been grown for centuries? Sort fact from fiction in this quiz of new and old discoveries…
Tourist boat in Niagara Falls, New York
Historical Smorgasbord: Fact or Fiction?
Did The Diary of Anne Frank originally have a different title? Was paper money first issued because of a shortage…
Diamonds (brillant precious stone mineral  carat diamond gem cut tiffany gem gemstone jewel)
A Study of History: Fact or Fiction?
Is there a lost city under the Mediterranean Sea? In days of old, were all pirate flags black? From the Dark Ages to the…
Buddha. Bronze Amida the Buddha of the Pure Land with cherry blossoms in Kamakura, Japan. Great Buddha, Giant Buddha, Kamakura Daibutsu
History 101: Fact or Fiction?
Was Buddhism founded in Japan? Does the Jamaican plantation system still flourish today? From Canada to the papacy, sort…
History Lesson: Fact or Fiction?
Was aluminum once more valuable than gold? Did Native American people actually bury hatchets when making peace? Uncover the…
Illustration. Montage of Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Constitution of the United States and headshots of Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.
Historical USA
Religious groups, witchcraft trials, ivy league universities, and assembly lines are a few things that have drawn the colorful…
Battle of Midway. Midway Islands. Battle of Midway Poster commemorating June 4, 1942 "The Japanese Attack." U.S. Navy effectively destroyed Japan's naval strength sunk 4 aircraft carriers. Considered 1 of the most important naval battles of World War II
This or That? WWI vs. WWII
Do you know your World War battles? Test your knowledge of which battles happened in WWI and which happened in WWII.
Pirates. Piracy. Skull and crossbones. Jolly Roger flag.
Pirates: Fact or Fiction?
Avast! Test ye knowledge of pirates...or walk the plank.
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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
This general category includes a selection of more specific topics.
  • American Revolution
    United States history
  • Glorious Revolution
    English history
  • Russian Revolution
    Russian history [1917]
  • 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.
  • Attila
    king of the Huns
  • History of Mesopotamia
    historical region, Asia
  • Greco-Persian Wars
    492–449 BC
  • Ibn Khaldūn Historians
    This general category includes a selection of more specific topics.
  • Ibn Khaldūn
    Muslim historian
  • Leopold von Ranke
    German historian
  • A.J.P. Taylor
    British historian and journalist
  • Leopold de Rothschild, 1917. Historic Dynasties & Families
    This general category includes a selection of more specific topics.
  • Tang dynasty
    Chinese history
  • Maccabees
    priestly Jewish family
  • House of Habsburg
    European dynasty
  • Diana, princess of Wales Historic Nobility
    This general category includes a selection of more specific topics.
  • Ivan III
    Russian prince
  • Robert
    duke of Apulia
  • Itō Hirobumi
    prime minister of Japan
  • Jodocus Hondius: Sir Francis Drake Global Exploration
    This general category includes a selection of more specific topics.
    The Virgin Mary holding the Christ Child (centre), Justinian (left) holding a model of the Hagia Sophia, and Constantine (right) holding a model of the city of Constantinople; mosaic from the Hagia Sophia, 9th century. 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.
  • Byzantine Empire
    historical empire, Eurasia
  • Spanish Inquisition
    Spanish history [1478–1834]
  • Magna Carta
    England [1215]
  • Frederick II Military Leaders
    This general category includes a selection of more specific topics.
  • Adolf Hitler
    dictator of Germany
  • Peter I
    emperor of Russia
  • George Washington
    president of United States
  • League of Nations The Modern World
    This general category includes a selection of more specific topics.
  • Nelson Mandela
    president of South Africa
  • Weimar Republic
    German history [1918–1933]
  • Soviet Union
    historical state, Eurasia
  • 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.
  • Stone tool industry
  • Dolmen
  • Acheulean industry
    prehistoric toolmaking
  • 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.
  • Plains Wars
    United States history
  • American Civil War
    United States history
  • United States presidential election of 1972
    United States government
  • 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.
  • Punic Wars
    Carthage and Rome [264 bce–146 bce]
  • Vietnam War
  • Pearl Harbor attack
    Japanese-United States history
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