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, August 07, 2020

Pirate School: 5 Things You Can Shoot from a Cannon
Hit me with your best shot.
#WTFact / World History
Old medieval wooden pirate military war ship with a cannon on the deck pointed out and aiming
What Was the Little Ice Age?
The Little Ice Age is known for its effects in Europe and the North Atlantic region over hundreds of years, but was it comparable...
Demystified / World History
A frozen pond in the Khumbu Glacier with Pumori mountain in the left background, near Mount Everest in Sagarmatha National Park in the Himalayas, Nepal.
Timeline of the Spanish Civil War
Who did what and when?
List / World History
Spanish Civil War (1936- 1939), Loyalist machine gunners, 1937.
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
Seven Years' War
Seven Years’ War, (1756–63), the last major conflict before the French Revolution to involve all the great powers of Europe....
Encyclopedia / World History
Seven Years' War: Battle of Zorndorf
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...
Encyclopedia / World History
World War I: Western Front
Byzantine Empire
Byzantine Empire, the eastern half of the Roman Empire, which survived for a thousand years after the western half had crumbled...
Encyclopedia / World History
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.
Russian Revolution
Russian Revolution, two revolutions in 1917, the first of which, in February (March, New Style), overthrew the imperial government...
Encyclopedia / World History
Vladimir Lenin

World History Quizzes

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...
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...
Ax.
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.
Flag of Japan
Japanese History: Fact or Fiction?
From tea ceremony to Meiji Restoration, test your knowledge about Japan with this quiz.
People arriving at the Chicago theater for show starring, in person, Jack Carson, Marion Hutton, and Robert Alda. By Stanley Kubrick for Look magazine, 1949. Kubrick became a staff photographer for Look magazine at age 17.
Chicago History: Fact or Fiction?
Whether you’ve lived in Chi-town your whole life or just look at photos on Instagram, test your knowledge of the Windy City...
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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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  • Influenza pandemic (H1N1) of 2009
  • Chernobyl disaster
    nuclear accident, Soviet Union [1986]
  • Deepwater Horizon oil spill
    environmental disaster, Gulf of Mexico [2010]
  • Louis XVI: execution by guillotine Age of Revolutions
    This general category includes a selection of more specific topics.
    Articles
  • Meiji Restoration
    Japanese history
  • Mexican Revolution
  • American Revolution
    United States history
  • 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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  • Ancient Egypt
  • Sphinx
    mythology
  • Ancient Middle East
    historical region, Asia
  • Ibn Khaldūn Historians
    This general category includes a selection of more specific topics.
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  • Thucydides
    Greek historian
  • Herodotus
    Greek historian
  • Thomas Carlyle
    British essayist and historian
  • Leopold de Rothschild, 1917. Historic Dynasties & Families
    This general category includes a selection of more specific topics.
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  • Ming dynasty
    Chinese history
  • Wei dynasty
    Chinese history [386-534/535]
  • Fāṭimid Dynasty
    Islamic dynasty
  • Diana, princess of Wales Historic Nobility
    This general category includes a selection of more specific topics.
    Articles
  • Itō Hirobumi
    prime minister of Japan
  • Philip
    landgrave of Hesse
  • Montesquieu
    French political philosopher
  • Daniel Boone, lithograph after a painting by J.W. Berry Global Exploration
    This general category includes a selection of more specific topics.
    Articles
  • David Livingstone
    Scottish explorer and missionary
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition
    United States history
  • Alexander von Humboldt
    German explorer and naturalist
  • 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.
    Articles
  • Middle Ages
    historical era
  • Magna Carta
    England [1215]
  • Battle of Agincourt
    European history
  • Frederick II Military Leaders
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    Articles
  • Julius Caesar
    Roman ruler
  • Andrew Jackson
    president of United States
  • Augustus
    Roman emperor
  • League of Nations The Modern World
    This general category includes a selection of more specific topics.
    Articles
  • World War II
    1939–1945
  • Elizabeth II
    queen of United Kingdom
  • Rebellions of 1837
    Canadian history
  • 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.
    Articles
  • Acheulean industry
    prehistoric toolmaking
  • Mississippian culture
    ancient North American culture
  • Mogollon culture
    North American Indian culture
  • 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.
    Articles
  • Assassination of John F. Kennedy
    United States history
  • Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
    United States history
  • Mexican-American War
    Mexico-United States [1846–1848]
  • 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.
    Articles
  • Vietnam War
    1954–1975
  • Pearl Harbor attack
    Japanese-United States history
  • Wars of the Roses
    English history
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