Welcome to HistoryWow

Why ‘Wow’? Because history has a ‘Wow’ factor. History is rich in fascinating and inspirational incidents and events. Stories of heroism, self-sacrifice, humor, arrogance, foolishness, victory against the odds, the cruel hand of fate, irony and nobility.

History’s got the lot. Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format. A little bit of history every day. But not enough to overload your busy lifestyles. We hope you enjoy HistoryWow!

World War One caused by English Medical Incompetence

Tens of millions died as a result of the cataclysm that was the First World War.

With the 100th anniversary of the end of the war recently commemorated, the attached groundbreaking new research argues that English medical incompetence was the cause of the horrific events of 1914 to 1918.

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History Question of the Day

He appeared “to have stepped out of a Van Dyck painting, elongated figure, pointed beard, a big hat … very mysterious, extremely complicated, one never knows the depths of his thoughts”. Who is being described?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

How did a bookbinder come to damage arguably the most iconic symbol of Irish culture?

Answer: In 1825, the bookbinder trimmed the decorative borders of the famous Book of Kells, the elaborate illustrated manuscript of the gospels dating to 800 CE.

Source: Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts by Christopher de Hamel

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The HistoryWow Research Team

The HistoryWow research team is led by principal researcher Benjamin S V Bray, who has a first class honours degree in history from Edinburgh University and a masters degree in philosophy majoring in history from Cambridge University.

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History Question of the Week

The Exception and the Rule (1929), The Measures Taken (1930), and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (1948) are all plays by which German Marxist playwright?

The answer on Thursday.

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The first correct answer to each week's question will receive a US$30 voucher to buy a history book of their choice.

Last week's question and answer:

In 1400, the city of Cairo was larger than any city in western Europe. True or false?

Answer: True. It had a population of 600,000.

Source: After Tamerlane - The Rise and Fall of Global Empires, 1400-2000 by John Darwin
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HistoryWow’s Golden List of Great History Books

There are many great history books, on a range of interesting topics. These are some of the ones we at HistoryWow think are especially good.

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The HistoryWow Forum


The fascinating thing about history is that there are a variety of different opinions and views on historical questions. Here is your chance to tell us what you think about a particular history question.


While historians analyse the past by focusing on either social movements and technological developments, or the intentions of a few great men, the reality is that history is determined by luck. Do you agree?

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What Business Can Learn from the Lessons of History

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Tell us Your Favorite History Anecdote

History lovers have their own special history stories, incidents and episodes. Stories of heroism, self-sacrifice, victory against the odds, arrogance, the cruel hand of fate, irony and nobility. Tell us here what your favorite anecdote is.

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The HistoryWow App

The HistoryWow App. Seventy fascinating and inspirational incidents and events from history - in a short, sharp format. Each great story is different and each one is a terrific read. A nice-sized, compact, mini history book of around 15,000 words, complete with pictures. And it's free.


HistoryWow’s Featured Historical Figure of Note

Squanto (?-1622)

Pawtuxet American guide. He aided the Pilgrims in the fledgling Plymouth Colony in 1621, acting as an interpreter and advising on planting and fishing. Squanto’s assistance was vital to the early survival of the colony.

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