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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

If ever there was any doubt that humans are fighting animals, one need only examine the death toll from, for example, the Albigensian Crusade in the first decade of the 13th century, How so?

The answer tomorrow.

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The Law Code of 2nd millennia BCE King of Babylon Hammurabi was clear cut on the concept of retribution. What was this?

Answer: “If a man puts out the eye of an equal, his eye shall be put out.”

Source: A History of the World by Geoffrey Blainey; General Historical Texts

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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

Like in North Korea today, Russia under Communism saw loyalty to the state as compulsory and not an option. How did this manifest itself when the head of Soviet Russia Vladimir Lenin died in January 1924?

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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Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung was a great friend of 20th century psychoanalyst icon Sigmund Freud. What was the cause of their falling out?

Answer: Jung began his career as a follower of Freud but split with him after challenging the emphasis he placed in his work on sex.

Source: Modern World Encyclopedia
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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.


Stalin’s Spies by Andrew Lownie highlights Cambridge university graduates Guy Burgess, Kim Philby, Donald McLean and Anthony Blunt. In view of Cambridge producing by far the most execrable traitors in Britain’s long history, should the university now apologise for this and should this be the subject of an Oxford Union debate? 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.