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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 24, 2021

Queen Elizabeth's Court Occultist
Was John Dee a sorcerer or a scholar?
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"John Dee performing an experiment before Queen Elizabeth I" by Henry Gillard Glindoni. Oil painting 18th century. Pentimento, occult, sorcery, magic.
6 Interesting Facts About Fidel Castro
From his famous beard to his ubiquitous cigar, learn more about Fidel Castro.
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Fidel Castro addressing the General Assembly, United Nations, New York, October 14, 1979.
Moon Landing: Just the Facts
What you need to know about the 1969 U.S. Moon landing.
Companion / World History
(Buzz Aldrin) stands next to the U.S. flag at Tranquility Base on the Moon during NASA's Apollo 11 mission, July 20, 1969. Aldrin's forward-leaning stance was the normal resting position of an astronaut wearing the life-support pack.
How Many People Have Been to the Moon?
You may recall the Apollo program of the 1960s and ’70s, but you may find it challenging to keep track of how many missions...
Demystified / World History
Apollo 12 astronaut Charles "Pete" Conrad stands beside the U.S. flag after is was unfurled on the lunar surface during the first extravehicular activity (EVA-1) Nov. 19, 1969. Footprints made by the crew can be seen in the photograph.
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

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President and Mrs. Kennedy at Love Field, Dallas, Texas, November 22, 1963. President John F. Kennedy, President Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Kennedy's assassination
Important Locations in U.S. History
From President Kennedy’s assasination to the Missouri Compromise and Louisiana Purchase, take a trip through American states...
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
The Ottoman Empire and the Middle East
What is the title of the former kings of Iran? What republic replaced the Ottoman Empire in its capital of Istanbul? Journey...
A patriotic print after a painting by William Bauly, issued by New York art publisher William Schaus in Sept. 1861. "Fate of the Rebel Flag" has a militant Unionist theme. (Confederate flag, see notes) Fort Sumter, American Civil War initial engagement
Give Us Liberty
From Great Britain and the Easter Rising of 1916 to Texas’s struggle for independence with Mexico, test your knowledege of...
A British North Lancashire Regiment patrol a street in the southern part of Cambrai, France, October 9, 1918.
Weapons and Warfare
Who invented the revolver? At which battle did the iconic raising of the American flag by U.S. Marines occur? Unleash your...
Marco Polo. Contemporary illustration. Medieval Venetian merchant and traveler. Together with his father and uncle, Marco Polo set off from Venice for Asia in 1271, travelling Silk Road to court of Kublai Khan some (see notes)
Expedition Europe
What city was founded, according to legend, by twins named Romulus and Remus? From royal European families to ancient Roman...
Buzz Aldrin. Apollo 11. Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin Aldrin, photographed July 20, 1969, during the first manned mission to the Moon's surface. Reflected in Aldrin's faceplate is the Lunar Module and astronaut Neil Armstrong, who took the picture.
Exploration and Discovery
Which spacecraft was first to land on the moon? Can you name the Viking who discovered Greenland? From Earth to outer-space,...
Union Jack, British flag, Flag of Great Britain, British Culture, British Empire, England, English Culture, English Flag
British Culture and Politics
In what year was King John forced to sign the first Magna Carta? Mercantile theory holds that colonies best serve their mother...
Betsy Ross showing George Ross and Robert Morris how she cut the stars for the American flag; George Washington sits in a chair on the left, 1777; by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (published c. 1932).
USA Facts
How many stars are there in the American flag? From airlines to the Pony Express, count your stripes in this test of all...
German political theorist Karl Marx; communism
A Study of History: Who, What, Where, and When?
When was the world’s first detective bureau founded? Where was the 1939 World’s Fair held? From Karl Marx to penicillin,...
7:045 Gold: Gold Is Where You Find It, pirate with treasure chest full of gold on beach, ship sails away
Criminality and Famous Outlaws
How many prisoners escaped from Alcatraz? With what country is the outlaw Ned Kelly associated? From bandana-wearing pirates...
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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.
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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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