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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, May 18, 2021

    Pirates, Privateers, Corsairs, Buccaneers: What’s the Difference?
    What we talk about when we talk about pirates.
    Demystified / World History
    Portrait of Edward Teach, known as Blackbeard, image taken from A General History of the Pyrates, 1725; illustration by B. Cole. (pirates)
    Gilles de Rais: History’s First Serial Killer?
    Gilles de Rais was a wealthy nobleman and a war hero. Today, though, he is remembered for something much more sinister.
    #WTFact / World History
    Gilles de Rais (1404-1440). Breton baron, marshal of France. Fought in guards of Joan of Arc. Accused of being serial killer of children.
    How did Greek culture influence Hadrian?
    How did Greek culture influence Hadrian?
    Companion / World History
    Statue of the emperor Hadrian at the ancient Agora of Athens, Greece.
    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

    16:156 Zoos: A Good Place for Animals to Live, family looking at giraffes and zebras at the zoo
    New or Old: Fact or Fiction?
    Is the census a modern invention? Has hemp been grown for centuries? Sort fact from fiction in this quiz of new and old discoveries...
    Tourist boat in Niagara Falls, New York
    Historical Smorgasbord: Fact or Fiction?
    Did The Diary of Anne Frank originally have a different title? Was paper money first issued because of a shortage...
    Diamonds (brillant precious stone mineral  carat diamond gem cut tiffany gem gemstone jewel)
    A Study of History: Fact or Fiction?
    Is there a lost city under the Mediterranean Sea? In days of old, were all pirate flags black? From the Dark Ages to the...
    Buddha. Bronze Amida the Buddha of the Pure Land with cherry blossoms in Kamakura, Japan. Great Buddha, Giant Buddha, Kamakura Daibutsu
    History 101: Fact or Fiction?
    Was Buddhism founded in Japan? Does the Jamaican plantation system still flourish today? From Canada to the papacy, sort...
    Ax.
    History Lesson: Fact or Fiction?
    Was aluminum once more valuable than gold? Did Native American people actually bury hatchets when making peace? Uncover the...
    Illustration. Montage of Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Constitution of the United States and headshots of Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.
    Historical USA
    Religious groups, witchcraft trials, ivy league universities, and assembly lines are a few things that have drawn the colorful...
    Battle of Midway. Midway Islands. Battle of Midway Poster commemorating June 4, 1942 "The Japanese Attack." U.S. Navy effectively destroyed Japan's naval strength sunk 4 aircraft carriers. Considered 1 of the most important naval battles of World War II
    This or That? WWI vs. WWII
    Do you know your World War battles? Test your knowledge of which battles happened in WWI and which happened in WWII.
    Pirates. Piracy. Skull and crossbones. Jolly Roger flag.
    Pirates: Fact or Fiction?
    Avast! Test ye knowledge of pirates...or walk the plank.
    Flag of Japan
    Japanese History: Fact or Fiction?
    From tea ceremony to Meiji Restoration, test your knowledge about Japan with this quiz.
    People arriving at the Chicago theater for show starring, in person, Jack Carson, Marion Hutton, and Robert Alda. By Stanley Kubrick for Look magazine, 1949. Kubrick became a staff photographer for Look magazine at age 17.
    Chicago History: Fact or Fiction?
    Whether you’ve lived in Chi-town your whole life or just look at photos on Instagram, test your knowledge of the Windy City...
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    earthquake aftermath, Concepción, Chile 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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    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.
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    Livy Historians
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    branches of the Medici family Historic Dynasties & Families
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    subcategory placeholder Historic Nobility
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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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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