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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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.

Our groundbreaking research here 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

What famous event was Japanese civil servant Masabumi Hosono (1870-1939) involved in, and why was he ostracised from society as a result?

The answer tomorrow.

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In the 1880s, American dentist Dr Albert Southwick surprisingly worked to develop which invention?

Answer: The electric chair. In 1881 Southwick had been given the inspiration for such a device after witnessing how an elderly drunkard was quickly killed when he fell into an electric generator. The chair was eventually developed in collaboration with Thomas Edison.

Source: Eighth Amendment by Rich Smith

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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

What was the first commercially successful paddle steamer?

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.

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What pioneering treaty, signed in 1860 between England and France, inaugurated a period of relative free trade among many European nations that survived until the 1890s?

Answer: The Cobden–Chevalier Treaty. The treaty is considered the first modern multinational trade agreement.

Source: Encyclopedia of Free Trade by Cynthia Northrup et al
 
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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

CALLING ALL HISTORY BUFFS!

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.

THIS WEEK'S HISTORYWOW FORUM TOPIC IS:

In his ranking on the most influential persons in history, historian Michael Hart ranks George Washington (1732-1799) ahead of both Alexander the Great (353-323 BCE) and Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), claiming Washington’s accomplishments were more enduring. What do you think?

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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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HistoryWow’s Favourite History Sites

At HistoryWow we love history. A knowledge of history gives one a more sophisticated worldly perspective, makes one more judicious and wiser and, we believe, a better decision maker. Apart from the fact that the best history is real life, high drama and excitement. There are many great history websites. Here are some that we at HistoryWow think are especially good.

www.history.com
www.historytoday.com
www.bbc.co.uk/history
www.si.edu
www.britishmuseum.org
www.historyplace.com
www.historynet.com
www.victorianhistory.com
www.nhm.ac.uk
www.historyextra.com
www.military-history.org
www.historyvault.com
www.usa.gov/history