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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, November 24, 2020

    Why Was Frederick Douglass’s Marriage to Helen Pitts Controversial?
    When Frederick Douglass married his second wife, Helen Pitts, news publications around the United States rose up in protest....
    Companion / World History
    Frederick Douglass with his second wife Helen Pitts Douglass (sitting) and sister-in-law, Eva Pitts (standing).
    What Did Cleopatra Look Like?
    Cleopatra’s Beauty Was in the Beholder’s Eye
    Demystified / World History
    Cleopatra hieroglyphic carving the Ancient Egyptian queen Cleopatra. Wall of the Temple of Horus at Edfu, Egypt.
    Ten Days That Vanished: The Switch to the Gregorian Calendar
    In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII introduced a more accurate calendar. But switching over wasn’t easy.
    #WTFact / World History
    Cathedrale St.Jean in Lyon, France has a 14th-century astronomical clock that shows religious feast days till the year 2019; Perpetual Calendar
    Timeline of the Spanish Civil War
    Who did what and when?
    List / World History
    Spanish Civil War (1936- 1939), Loyalist machine gunners, 1937.
    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.
    Russian Revolution
    Russian Revolution, two revolutions in 1917, the first of which, in February (March, New Style), overthrew the imperial government...
    Encyclopedia / World History
    Vladimir Lenin
    Renaissance
    Renaissance, (French: “Rebirth”) period in European civilization immediately following the Middle Ages and conventionally...
    Encyclopedia / World History
    Petrarch
    Genghis Khan
    Genghis Khan, Mongolian warrior-ruler, one of the most famous conquerors of history, who consolidated tribes into a unified...
    Biography
    Genghis Khan

    World History Quizzes

    France, Paris, Eiffel Tower, low angle view
    Exploring Italy and France: Fact or Fiction?
    Was France named for the Franks, a German people? Was the Republic of Venice once ruled by a king? From lilies to the Eiffel...
    Charlemagne. (Charles I, Charles the Great, Karl der Grosse, Carolus Magnus, Charles le Grand) 747-814. Chromolithograph of founder and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. King of the Franks (768-814), King of the Lombards (774-814), and Emperor (800-814).
    Charlemagne: Fact or Fiction?
    Test your knowledge of Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne with this quiz.
    Robert Falcon Scott. Postcard commemorating explorer Robert Scott. In memory of the Antarctic heroes the late Captain Scott... Terra Nova Expedition ill-fated second expedition to reach South Pole (1910-12). Shackleton, nautical explore, ship, iceberg
    Nautical Exploration and Aviation: Fact or Fiction?
    Was an American ship the first ship to reach the North Pole? Is it true that no woman has ever sailed around the world alone?...
    5:120-121 Exploring: Do You Want to Be an Explorer?, Ferdinand Magellan & ship; ugly fish, sharks, etc.; ship sails through a channel; Cortes discovers Aztec Indians; pyramids, floating island homes, corn
    European Exploration: Fact or Fiction?
    Were the French the first Europeans to reach southern Africa? Was Christopher Columbus the first European to see South America?...
    Philippine President Corazon Aquino (b. Maria Corazon Cojuangco) greets officials in airport terminal. Andrews Air Force Base, U.S., Maryland September 15, 1986. President of the Philippines 1986-1992.
    Southeast Asia: Fact or Fiction?
    Was Thailand colonized? Has the Philippines ever had a female president? From European colonization to universities, test...
    1:055 Alexander the Great: The Boy Who Conquered a Horse, Greek warriors riding horses with spears
    Ancient Civilizations: Fact or Fiction?
    Were the earliest civilizations of Greece called Aegean? Do any of the ancient Wonders of the World survive? Test how far...
    Buffalo Bill. William Frederick Cody. Portrait of Buffalo Bill (1846-1917) in buckskin clothing, with rifle and handgun. Folk hero of the American West. lithograph, color, c1870
    Famous American Faces: Fact or Fiction?
    Was there a real person called Johnny Appleseed? Did Theodore Roosevelt inspire the teddy bear? Sort fact from fiction while...
    Weathered stone sculpture of a king's head on the side of a Church in Somerset, England. English royalty
    Faces of European History: Fact or Fiction?
    You may have heard of "Robin Hood" and "Bloody Mary," but how much do you really know about these historical figures? Sort...
    The White House in Washington, D.C., USA. The north portico which faces Pennsylvania Avenue.
    President of the United States: Fact or Fiction?
    Is former U.S. President Jimmy Carter associated with the New Deal? Has any U.S. president served more than two four-year...
    1:054 Alexander the Great: The Boy Who Conquered a Horse, portrait of Alexander the Great
    Ancient Greece: Fact or Fiction?
    Did the Greeks and the Romans worship a goddess of love? Was Naples, Italy, founded by Greeks? Sort fact from fiction in...
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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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    Bayeux Tapestry: Battle of Hastings 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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    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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