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We all love history and here are a host of history lists to prove it. Get you history knowledge in the form of top 10 lists, it is easier on the stomach.




Many of us have grown accustomed to buffoons in positions of power, but historically the jester was a job title. Plucked out of obscurity for making people laugh (whether they actually intended to or not), they held a special place in royal courts and were given “comic dispensation” to say whatever they wished—even, or especially,…

Hitler and his National Socialist Party weren’t the first to use propaganda in pursuit of their goals. In World War One, both the British and the Germans fabricated atrocities and attempted to portray the enemy as inhuman beasts.  However, these efforts were amateurish compared to the ruthless efficiency of the propaganda machine created by the…

It’s not generally considered a pleasurable experience to be part of the armed services, even during the best of times. Still, there are particular military units you wouldn’t want to be part of even by the cruel standards of historical hardship. You’d almost certainly not want to be a member of any army making a…

Starting from humble beginnings, Rome managed to make a name for itself – a name that withstood the test of time. Ancient Rome was a highly militaristic society, enabling it to subdue one tribe after another and stretch its borders to the edges of the known world. Yet, it was that same army buckling under…

July 4 is the 185th day on the Georgian calendar, unless it’s a leap year, in which case it’s the 186th. Historically, it has most often been a Monday, Wednesday, or Saturday. There’s more to July 4 than just being a random day of the year, though. A great amount of history has taken place…

On July 20, 1944, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg placed a case filled with explosives as close as he could to Adolf Hitler in his military headquarters known as the Wolf’s Lair. It was the crux of a coup that became known as Operation Valkyrie. The bomb would mangle the Fuhrer’s arm to the point of…

The War of 1812 was the first real major declared war in (independent) American history, and nearly brought the country to its knees due to mostly its own doing, but it is hardly talked about or remembered in American history the way so many other wars are. What is remembered and regularly told tends to…

Although the Conquistadors’ arrival in the New World has been celebrated by many, it was far from a noble quest. Their arrival in the Americas did lead to further exploration and discovery, but at significant cost. The Spanish Conquistadors were a brutal group of colonizers that managed to make the King of Spain very wealthy…

The Roman Empire was the greatest empire the ancient world had ever seen. At its height it covered 2.2 million square miles and claimed dominion over more than 60 million people. It was an empire forged through blood, conquest, and almost constant warfare. The Romans admired and celebrated their own great military commanders, but they…

The American Revolution and the founding fathers are practically deified in modern America and many of the greatest figures from the period have been made into almost demigods of American myth and legend. However, the truth is that much of the reasoning for the revolution wasn’t as pure as the history books make it out…

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