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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

In the year 397 CE, a law from Ancient Rome banned what?

The answer tomorrow.

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The Persian proverb “either the throne, or the coffin” defined the brutal wars of succession that regularly took place between brothers in which South Asian imperial dynasty?

Answer: The Mughal Empire. It was not uncommon for two, three or even four brothers to fight brutal conflicts lasting years over the succession – even when their emperor father remained alive.

Source: India in the Persianate Age 1000-1765 by Richard M. Eaton

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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

In the first month of 1912, China had three possible rulers. Who were they?

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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The first permanent settlement by English settlers in North America was founded in 1620. True or false?

Answer: False. While Plymouth colony was founded in 1620, the Jamestown settlement in modern day Virginia was founded first, in 1607.

Source: Savage Kingdom - The True Story of Jamestown, 1607, and the Settlement of America by Benjamin Woolley
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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.


The British bombing of Nazi Germany during the Second World War (1939-1945) targeted whole cities and districts, rather than specific targets, in the hope of breaking the morale of the population. While this remains controversial, it can be argued that the approach was successful. What do you think?

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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

Alfred J. Lotka (1880-1949)

American bio-mathematician. He studied at European and American universities and became an actuary. He published major studies on the mathematical implications of biological and social change, such as ageing and population growth, and in one study anticipated anthropogenic climate change.

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