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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, June 10, 2020

Was Dracula a Real Person?
What is the real story behind the prince who may have inspired the character Dracula?
Demystified / World History
Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia (1431-1476), oil on canvas painting from the second half of the 16th century; in the collection of the Ambras Castle, Innsbruck.
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.
?Viva México!
The country celebrates its independence from Spain.
Spotlight / World History
Merchandise for sale for Mexican Independence Day, Mexico City, Mexico. (souvenirs)
Vietnam War Timeline
Who, what, when, and where of the Vietnam War.
List / World History
Vietnam War. U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson awards the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant Marty A. Hammer, during a visit to military personnel, Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam, October 26, 1966. President Johnson
Timeline of Historical Events That Affected the Open Door Policy in China
The Open Door policy was influential in China’s relations with the rest of the world.
Companion / World History
The shrine was built to honour the fallen Kuomintang soldiers after the Chinese Civil War and subsequent government relocation to Taiwan
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
Boer troops lining up in battle against the British during the South African War (1899–1902).
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

World History Quizzes

Battle of Antietam, Sept. 17, 1862, lithograph by Kurz and Allison, circa 1888.
American Civil War: Who Won Which Battles?
While you probably know the Battles of Gettysburg and Antietam, do you remember who were the victors? Take this quiz to test...
Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe, attends the 12th African Union Summit Feb. 2, 2009 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Robert Mugabe: Fact or Fiction?
How much do you know about one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders? Test your knowledge with this quiz about Robert Mugabe’s...
Mount Everest, Himalayas, Nepal. (Himalayan Mountains; mountain range; mountain landscape; Mt. Everest)
Mount Everest
Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth, has long been a place of fascination and an alluring draw for climbers and adventure...
Abraham Lincoln, three quarter length portrait.
Abraham Lincoln
He is arguably the most-popular U.S. president, but how well do you really know Abraham Lincoln? Take our quiz to find out.
Undated photograph of Julius Nyerere, the first prime minister of Tanganyika, which eventually became Tanzania.
African Leaders: Part One
Do you think you can match these African leaders to the countries they’ve led? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin (R) (D-MI) asks Sec. of Defense Robert M. Gates a question as Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) looks on during a hearing in WA, D.C. concerning the future of Iraq, April 10, 2008. Ted Kennedy
Modern U.S. Political Scandals
How much do you know about political scandals? Test your knowledge of public officials behaving badly.
Salem Witch Trials. A women protests as one of her accusers, a young girl, appears to have convulsions. A small group of women were the source of accusations, testimony, and dramatic demonstrations.
Salem Witch Trials
Do you know what really happened at the Salem witch trials? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
Battle of Midway. Midway Islands. (left of panorama asset 160828) USS Astoria (CA-34) steams by USS Yorktown (CV-5), shortly after the carrier had been hit by 3 Japanese bombs on June 4, 1942. Dense smoke is from fires in Yorktown's uptakes. (notes)
Match the Battle with the War
Can you tell your Hastings from your Hattin?
Republican and Democrat party mascots, united states, government, politics
Republican or Democrat?
Think you’re a political junkie? Prove it by acing our Democrat or Republican quiz.
Haile Selassie
African Leaders: Part Two
Do you think you can match these African leaders to the countries they’ve led? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
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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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Jodocus Hondius: Sir Francis Drake Global Exploration
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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. 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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