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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, January 21, 2021

      Who Were the Assassins?
      Outlandish tales about a sect known as the Assassins were a staple of European lore about the Middle East. But were they...
      Demystified / World History
      Remains of the ancient fortress of Masyaf, Syria. (Masyaf Castle, Assassins)
      The Time Julius Caesar Was Captured by Pirates
      Be careful who you kidnap.
      #WTFact / World History
      Julius Caesar in full Gaius Julius Caesar (100? BCE-44 BCE) statue in Rimini, Italy. Roman general and statesman and dictator
      What was Hadrian’s relationship with his Jewish subjects?
      What was Hadrian’s relationship with his Jewish subjects?
      Companion / World History
      Hadrian, Roman emperor from 117 to 138.
      Major Events in the Life of Constantine I
      From birth to Constantinople.
      List / World History
      The statue of Constantine the first Christian Roman emperor. Located in York, England, UK, outside York Minster.
      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.
      Mexican Revolution
      Mexican Revolution, (1910–20), a long and bloody struggle among several factions in constantly shifting alliances which resulted...
      Encyclopedia / World History
      combatant in the Mexican Revolution
      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
      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

      World History Quizzes

      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.
      Kings and Emperors (Part III) Quiz
      What emperor was known as the “Little Corporal? Who was the longest living monarch in Japanese history? Test your knowledge...
      Queen Victoria's coronation, 1837. The Archbishop of Canterbury placing the crown on Victoria's head in Westminster Abbey.
      Kings, Queens, and More Quiz
      Who was the last monarch of the house of Hanover? Who was the Sailor King? See if your head can wear the crown of knowledge...
      American soldiers in the Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge.
      World War II Quiz
      Which U.S. president won the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his heroism during World War II? What city was the site of a...
      Ottoman Empire. Wall hanging of a an Ottoman empire coat of arms. Sultans of the Ottoman Empire had their own monograms or tughras which served as a royal symbol. Turkey, Turkish Culture
      Turkish and Ottoman History Quiz
      Who was the first president of Turkey? Which Ottoman leader captured Constantinople? Find out what you know about the history...
      Top of Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany
      Germany Across History Quiz
      Germany’s landscape is nearly as varied as its long history. Test your knowledge of German history by taking this quiz.
      Flag of Germany
      How Much Do You Know About German History?
      Do you know your Visigoths from your Ninety-five Theses? Prove it with this quiz.
      Joan of Arc at the Coronation of King Charles VII at Reims Cathedral, July 1429 by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. Oil on canvas, 240 x 178 cm, 1854. In the Louvre Museum, Paris, France.
      Heroes, Rebels, and Killers
      Which archbishop of Canterbury was burned at the stake for heresy? Who established the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation?...
      Louis IX of France (St. Louis), stained glass window of Louis IX during the Crusades. (Unknown location.)
      Medieval History Quiz: Part One
      The term Middle Ages refers to the period in European history from the fall of ancient Rome, in the 5th century, to the Renaissance....
      Flag of England. English flags blow in wind. White flag with red cross the Cross of St. George. heraldry, St. George flag
      Medieval History Quiz: Part Two
      What was a ceorl in medieval England? In what year was the Magna Carta first granted? Test your knowledge of the Middle Ages,...
      Miniature of Pope Boniface VIII from f. 3v of Vaticinia de Pontificibus (index Prophecies of the Popes); attributed to Joachim of Fiore. (illumniated manuscripts)
      Medieval History Quiz: Part Three
      Which medieval emperor had a problem at the “Field of Lies”? Which ruler of Egypt disappeared in 1021 and is revered by the...
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      Chile earthquake; Concepción 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
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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.
      Livy Historians
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      branches of the Medici family Historic Dynasties & Families
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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.
      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.
      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.
      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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