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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

Propaganda and image play a big part in any politicians’ life. Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was no exception. He was often photographed shirtless and sweating, working in a field or performing some other perceived macho activity.

In other times he was captured by the lens posturing theatrically in a bemedaled uniform on a balcony before a large massed audience. What was unusual about one propaganda photo shown of him playing chess?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

Brothels or bordellos have an interesting history in the human experience. What are some aspects of this?

Answer: Historical evidence suggests that the first brothels were in Ancient Sumeria over 4000 years ago, although they also existed in Ancient Egypt.

Bordellos could be found in the temples of Babylon, while in Ancient Greece they were run by the state.

The Ancient Greek historian Herodotus said in the fifth century BC that a Greek prostitute named Rhopopis (Ro-Pop-Sis) was so accomplished at her trade in Egypt she built a pyramid from her earnings.

Sex was a marketable commodity among the Romans. Waitresses in taverns usually sold sexual services.

In London in Elizabethan times, the sale of sex prospered and Southwark was the red-light district, where brothels were generally whitewashed.

In Paris, by the late 1600s, there were calls for a medical examination of sex workers and for them to wear a distinct dress with a badge.

Initially legal in the United States, prostitution was outlawed in almost all states between 1910 and 1915 thanks to the efforts of concerned Women’s Christian groups.

Luxury loving Sybarite French novelist Gustave Flaubert wrote enthusiastically of Egypt’s bordellos on his visit there in 1850 and waxed lyrical about the properties of a particular courtesan named Kuchak Hanem.

Although, modesty precludes us from saying exactly what he liked about her.

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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 Franco-German entente?

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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:

Prior to World War One Russia experienced an economic boom, one of the characteristics of which was a flourishing stock market. In the country’s 1913 census how many Russians said they were involved in the market.

Answer: Some 40,000 described their occupation as ‘stock market speculator’. Within four years, the capitalist system would be crushed, and a brutal communist regime installed which excoriated private ownership of assets.
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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 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 achievements of Ancient Rome, in particular the claim that it spread civilization around the Mediterranean and beyond are greatly exaggerated. In reality, Rome was primarily concerned about the accumulation of wealth and power for its citizens. What do you think?

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HistoryWow’s Featured Historical Figure of Note

Maurya Chandragupta

Ruler of North India Circa 321 – 297 BCE. Founder of the Maurya dynasty. He overthrew the Nanda dynasty in 325 and then conquered the Punjab in 322 after the death of Alexander the Great, expanding his empire west to Persia. He is credited with having united most of India.

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