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, July 10, 2020

Did Marie-Antoinette Really Say “Let Them Eat Cake”?
Party like it’s 1789
Demystified / World History
Portrait of Marie Antoinette by Jean-Francois Janinet, 1777. Color etching and engraving with gold leaf printed on two sheets, 30x13.5 in.
7 Alphabet Soup Agencies that Stuck Around
These New Deal government agencies had some staying power.
List / World History
Franklin D. Roosevelt, who formulated the Four Freedoms.
How the Symbolism of the Swastika Was Ruined
The swastika went from being a positive symbol to a negative one.
#WTFact / World History
A background with a view of earthen lamps arranged on the holy Swastika design made of flowers, during Diwali festival in India.
Rosa Parks, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the Birth of the Civil Rights Movement
How Rosa Parks became “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement”
Companion / World History
Rosa Parks 1913-2005, whose refusal to move to the back of a bus touched off the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. Fingerprinting Parks is Deputy Sheriff D .H. Lackey. December 1, 1955.
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
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...
Encyclopedia / World History
A British soldier inside a trench on the Western Front during World War I, 1914–18.
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

World History Quizzes

The Warwick Regiment on the main road, Simonstown, South Africa, during the Boer War, c. 1901
Name the African Battle
Are you a fan of African history? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
Vietnam War. Operation Georgia. U.S. Marines bombing bunkers and tunnels used by the Viet Cong. May 6, 1966
The Vietnam War
Who backed whom? How was the U.S. involved? Which foreign leaders were involved? Test your knowledge of the Vietnam War with...
Visualization of the Columbian Exchange. North America. South America. Europe. Asia. Africa.
Columbian Exchange: New World or Old World?
Do you know the origins of the crops and livestock exchanged between the Old and the New World following Christopher Columbus’s...
The Pulitzer wall at the New York Times, celebrating the journalistic awards received by the newspaper and its journalists. Pulitzer prize
Pulitzer Prize
Who was Joseph Pulitzer? What is the Pulitzer Prize? Who has won it? Take this quiz to find out just how much you know about...
Ancient Egyptian carving of Pharaoh Seti I holding his flail before the god of the underworld Osiris with Horus behind him. Abydos Temple, Egypt. Ancient carving, on public display for 2,000 years
Ancient Egyptian Gods and Goddesses
Ancient Egypt had a huge pantheon of gods and goddesses. How many of them do you know?
Adolf Hitler, giving Nazi salute. To Hitler's right is Rudolph Hess. 1939.
Adolf Hitler
How much do you know about Adolf Hitler? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
Prime Minister Winston Churchill, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Premier Joseph Stalin pose with leading Allied officers at the Yalta Conference, 1945. The Big Three leaders met in In February 1945. World War II, WWII.
WWII: Allies, Axis, or Associates?
Test your knowledge about which countries fought on which side during World War II.
Amelia Earhart seated on top of an autogiro in Los Angeles, after completing a transcontinental flight. She had hoped to become the first person to fly an autogiro across the United States, but another pilot accomplished the feat days before her.
Women’s History: Famous Firsts
Women have accomplished some fantastic feats in the course of history. Test your knowledge of some famous firsts for women.
Portrait of Anne Boleyn (Queen of England), oil on panel by an unknown English artist, late 16th century, based on a work c. 1533-36; in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London. (54.30 x 41.60 cm. )
Not-So-Common Knowledge
It is well known that Mount Everest at about 8,850 meters is the world’s highest mountain, but did you know that K2 at about...
Election - Voters in polling station voting in 2012 Presidential Election, Ventura County, California, November 6, 2012.
Voting for the U.S. President
Test your knowledge of how voters voted in U.S. presidential elections across history. Quiz content provided...
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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.
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.
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, lithograph after a painting by J.W. Berry 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.
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.
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.
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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