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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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 revolutionary domestic appliance was first introduced in 1913, but initially struggled to sell on the account of its high price?

The answer tomorrow.

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“Ambition leads me not only farther than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it is possible for a man to go.” Who said this?

Answer: British explorer James Cook (1728-1779).

Source: The Great Explorers by Robin Hanbury-Tenison

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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

Which saint founded the Franciscan religious order in 1209?

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:

Who wrote the USA’s Federalist Papers?

Answer: Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804), James Madison (1751-1836) and John Jay (1745-1829).

Source: The Essential Federalist - A New Reading of the Federalist Papers by Quentin P. Taylor
 
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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:

There is no such thing as objective history, for at its core history is just interpretation. Do you agree?

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What Business Can Learn from the Lessons of History

A unique business conference and corporate presentation.

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.

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HistoryWow’s Featured Historical Figure of Note

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

Austrian composer and conductor. Forming a link between romanticism and the experimentalism of Schoenberg, his work includes nine complete symphonies (1888-1910). While he achieved great contemporary fame as a conductor, his compositions were also performed.

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