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.
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Featured content, January 29, 2024

Is Castilian Spanish Spoken with a Lisp?
The rumor is that a medieval Spanish king’s subjects imitated his lisp. What’s the truth?
Where Did the -stan Country Name Suffix Come From?
In several languages, the -stan suffix refers to some aspect of the concept of place.
Genghis Khan
Genghis Khan Mongolian warrior-ruler, one of the most famous conquerors of history, who consolidated tribes into a unified...
Russian Revolution
Russian Revolution, two revolutions in 1917, the first of which, in February (March, New Style), overthrew the imperial government...
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...
Cold War
Cold War, the open yet restricted rivalry that developed after World War II between the United States and the Soviet Union...

World History Quizzes

Quick Quiz: Amelia Earhart's Last Flight
On June 1, 1937, Amelia Earhart set off to become the first person to fly around the world at the Equator. Instead,...
Women in Space Quiz
Who was the first woman to leave Earth? What about the first woman to walk in space? Find out how much you know about women...
Oktoberfest Quiz
Beer wasn’t a part of the very first Oktoberfest—but what was? Test your knowledge of the famous festival with this quiz.
Quiz: Al Capone, Public Enemy Number One
Al Capone is perhaps America’s most famous gangster, with his participation in organized crime making him the first Public...
Is There a Whale in a Peruvian Desert?
The Nazca Lines are geoglyphs in southern Peru. Discovered in the 1920s, these huge drawings are more than 2,000 years old,...
True or False: Famous Misconceptions
“Napoleon was short.” “Dracula was based on a real person.” Do you know the truth behind these famous misconceptions?...
True or False: Daring Escapes
Whether you’re stuck behind the Berlin Wall or behind bars at Alcatraz, it seems like there’s always something to escape....
True or False: Famous Curses
Were the Chicago Cubs cursed because of a pet rooster? What do we really know about the Bermuda Triangle? See how much you...
Off With His Head Quiz
Whether by rifle, sword, guillotine, or axe, there’s no shortage of murdered rulers in history. Take this quiz to discover...
Quick Quiz: Around The World With Nellie Bly
How much do you know about the journalist who traveled around the globe, investigated corruption, and fought sexism while...
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Chile earthquake of 2010 Accidents & Disasters
Nature isn’t always peaceful and idyllic. Earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and other powerful natural phenomena can have devastating consequences on communities and regions throughout the world. But nature is far from the only instigator of large-scale misfortune; human-made disasters and tragedies, both accidental and intentional, can cause significant misery, damage, and loss of life.
Louis XVI: execution by guillotine Age of Revolutions
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ancient Middle East The Ancient World
The modern world may look very different from the world that existed in the time of ancient civilizations, but our modern-day life continues to show the influence of cultures, traditions, ideas, and innovations from hundreds of years ago. Learn more about important historical civilizations, sites, people, and events.
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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subcategory placeholder 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 took place 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 the 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.