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, July 06, 2021

Timeline of the September 11 Attacks
How the tragic day in 2001 unfolded.
List / World History
Clouds of smoke rise from fires at the World Trade Center Towers as a result of terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. Photographed 9:54 am in Lower Manhattan.
What were Alfred’s military achievements?
What were Alfred’s military achievements?
Companion / World History
Statue of Alfred the Great in Winchester, Hampshire in south England, near the River Itchen, in the UK, Alfred of wessex
Was Napoleon Short?
Find out if the most-known aspect of Napoleon’s legacy is really true.
Demystified / World History
"Napoleon Crossing the Alps" oil on canvas by Jacques-Louis David, 1800; in the collection of Musee national du chateau de Malmaison.
Ten Days That Vanished: The Switch to the Gregorian Calendar
In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII introduced a more accurate calendar. But switching over wasn’t easy.
#WTFact / World History
Cathedrale St.Jean in Lyon, France has a 14th-century astronomical clock that shows religious feast days till the year 2019; Perpetual Calendar
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...
Biography
Jacques-Louis David: The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries
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
Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar, celebrated qo general and statesman, the conqueror of Gaul (58–50 bce), victor in the civil war of 49–45 bce,...
Biography
Julius Caesar

World History Quizzes

Close-up of terracotta Soldiers in trenches, Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, China
History: Fact or Fiction?
Get hooked on history as this quiz sorts out the past. Find out who really invented movable type, who Winston Churchill called...
King George III, King of England, c1800. Full-length portrait of George III (1738-1820), king from 1760, in military uniform. Portrait inspired by Sir Henry William Beechey's.
Kings of England
How many kings of England have been named Henry? Who was the wife of Henry II? From the Magna Carta to the Battle of Agincourt,...
Gold funerary mask of King Tutankhamen, buried in the Valley of the Tombs of the Kings in southern Egypt north of Luxor, 14th century BC. Valley of the Kings. King Tut's Tomb. Funeral mask of King Tutankhamen. King Tut funeral mask. King Tut funerary mask
Walk Like an Egyptian
Which Egyptian pharaoh believed in the idea of a single god? From the pyramids to famous mummies, decode your mental hieroglyphics...
South portico of the White House, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Presidents Facts
Who was the first U.S. president to live in the White House? How many presidents were born before the U.S. became a country?...
The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries by Jacques-Louis David, 1812. Oil on canvas, 80 1/4 x 49 1/4 in. (203.9 x 125.1 cm) The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Napoleon I, Napoleon Bonaparte.
All About Napoleon Bonaparte
Men with short statures and quick tempers are said to have a Napoleon complex, but what was Napoleon Bonaparte’s nickname?...
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth president of the United States - born Feby. 12th 1809, died April 15th 1865. Lithograph, hand-colored, published by Chr. Kimmel & Forster.
Presidents of the United States Quiz
Which two U.S. presidents died on the same day? Who was the first president to serve two terms in office? Test the knowledge...
World War I. WWI British or American Army soldier standing in uniform wearing a brodie helmet and an overcoat.
World War I Quiz
Involving all the world’s superpowers, this tragic war resulted in over 35 million casualties. From weaponry and spies to...
Soil cohesiveness demonstrated in bootprint of Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11. footprint; foot print; moon
Space Exploration
From man-made satellites to the first woman in space, take flight in this quiz about astronauts and space exploration.
54th Massachusetts Regiment. "Storming Fort Wagner," by Kurz & Allison, c. 1890. Depicts the assault on the S.C. fort on 7/18/1863. American Civil War, 54th Regiment Massachusetts Infantry, 1st all African-American regiment, black soldiers, black history
American Civil War Quiz
Fractured by ideology and economy, this war sought to unify a divided nation. From famous battles to infamous generals, test...
Betsy Ross Flag
The American Revolution
Spurred by Great Britain’s taxation without fair representation, this political uprising led to the formation of the United...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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