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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 22, 2020

Queen Elizabeth's Court Occultist
Was John Dee a sorcerer or a scholar?
#WTFact / World History
"John Dee performing an experiment before Queen Elizabeth I" by Henry Gillard Glindoni. Oil painting 18th century. Pentimento, occult, sorcery, magic.
Does Trench Warfare Still Exist?
Tanks and planes made the trenches obsolete—or did they?
Demystified / World History
World War I - British troops in a front line trench in France, 1917. Trench warfare. Trenches western front soldiers infantry
Swashbuckling Sisters: 6 Lady Pirates
Avast ye!
List / World History
Pirate lass and her booty. A suspicious costumed 17th century styled female pirate guards a treasure chest. Trunk full of stolen jewels and gold coins. tricornered hat steal greed
What was Alfred like as a governor of his kingdom?
What was Alfred like as a governor of his kingdom?
Companion / World History
Alfred the Great riding horse, Alfred of wessex
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

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Buffalo Bill. William Frederick Cody. Portrait of Buffalo Bill (1846-1917) in buckskin clothing, with rifle and handgun. Folk hero of the American West. lithograph, color, c1870
Famous American Faces: Fact or Fiction?
Was there a real person called Johnny Appleseed? Did Theodore Roosevelt inspire the teddy bear? Sort fact from fiction while...
Weathered stone sculpture of a king's head on the side of a Church in Somerset, England. English royalty
Faces of European History: Fact or Fiction?
You may have heard of "Robin Hood" and "Bloody Mary," but how much do you really know about these historical figures? Sort...
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...
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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