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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 28, 2020

      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)
      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.
      6 Interesting Facts About Fidel Castro
      From his famous beard to his ubiquitous cigar, learn more about Fidel Castro.
      List / World History
      Fidel Castro addressing the General Assembly, United Nations, New York, October 14, 1979.
      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
      World War II
      World War II, conflict that involved virtually every part of the world during the years 1939–45. The principal belligerents...
      Encyclopedia / World History
      World War II: Germany invading Poland
      South African War
      South African War, war fought from October 11, 1899, to May 31, 1902, between Great Britain and the two Boer (Afrikaner)...
      Encyclopedia / World History
      South African War: Boer troops
      Cold War
      Cold War, the open yet restricted rivalry that developed after World War II between the United States and the Soviet Union...
      Encyclopedia / World History
      North Atlantic Treaty Organization
      Mao Zedong
      Mao Zedong, principal Chinese Marxist theorist, soldier, and statesman who led his country’s communist revolution. Mao was...
      Biography
      Mao Zedong

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      Saladin, the leader of Islamic forces during the Third Crusade; undated engraving.
      Religion, Violence, and War Quiz
      Religion, violence, and war have histories as long as the existence of humankind—and, at times, all three have been closely...
      Taj Mahal (Tadj Mahall), Agra, western Uttar Pradesh, India. (mausoleum, UNESCO World Heritage site)
      All About Asian History Quiz
      Who launched the Cultural Revolution in China? What famous monument did Shah Jahān build to immortalize his wife? Test your...
      Statue of Aphrodite, ancient Greek goddess of beauty. Mythology
      Oh My Heavens: A Quiz
      Greek gods and goddesses could be many things, but they were never boring.
      Artist's concept of the Phoenix spacecraft on Mars. The Phoenix Mars Lander, which launched in August 2007, is the first project in NASA's Mars Scout missions. The mission's plan is to land in icy soils near the north polar permanent ice cap of Mars...
      This Day in History Quiz: August 4
      How much do you know about what happened in history on August 4? Take this quiz and find out.
      Long range cannon firing at Amiens (France) captured by the British in August 1918; photograph (gelatin-silver print) by Godefroy Menanteau, photo dated between 1918-1919. (Amiens gun, Battle of Amiens, World War I, World War One)
      This Day in History Quiz: August 8
      How much do you know about what happened in history on August 8? Take this quiz and find out.
      View of the area destroyed by the atomic bomb explosion at Nagasaki, Japan, showing rubble, decimated trees, and one small structure still standing at center, 16 September 1945. (World War II)
      This Day in History Quiz: August 9
      How much do you know about what happened in history on August 9? Take this quiz and find out.
      A tugboat escorts a ship at the Miraflores locks (top left) while another ship is in the lock on the Panama Canal in Panama. Central America.
      This Day in History Quiz: August 15
      How much do you know about what happened in history on August 15? Take this quiz and find out.
      Color lithograph of the eruption of Krakatoa (Krakatau) volcano, Indonesia, 1883; from the Royal Society, The Eruption of Krakatoa and Subsequent Phenomena (1888). (earth sciences, volcanism)
      This Day in History Quiz: August 26
      From constitutional amendments to volcanic eruptions, test your knowledge of what happened on August 26 throughout history.
      United States' Kobe Bryant, left, drives past Puerto Rico's Elias Ayuso during in the third quarter of their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007
      This Day in History Quiz: August 23
      How much do you know about what happened in history on August 23? Take this quiz and find out.
      Prince Charles and Diana, princess of Wales, returning to Buckingham Palace after their wedding, July 29, 1981. (Princess Diana, royal wedding)
      This Day in History Quiz: August 28
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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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