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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

History Question of the Day

During the French Revolution, revolutionary Maximilien Robespierre (1758-1794) remarked that he felt France was more advanced than any other nation on Earth. How many years ahead of the rest of humankind did Robespierre consider France?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

Why did the Mongols under Genghis Khan (1162-1227) refer to outsiders as “the people who eat grass”?

Answer: The Mongols, whose diet consisted nearly exclusively of meat and dairy, considered those who ate fruit or vegetables to be like grazing animals rather than real humans.

Source: Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford

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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 country was founded on May 25 1810 when the First Governing Junta of the Homeland was formed?

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:

Which French King oversaw the absorption of Burgundy into France in the 15th century?

Answer: Louis XI (1423-1483).

Source: Histories of Nations by Peter Furtado
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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.


“It is a dangerous myth that we are better historians than our predecessors. We are not.” So said British historian Mary Beard of historians in earlier centuries. Do you agree?

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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

Avicenna (980-1037)

Persian philosopher. His philosophical system, drawing on Aristotle but in many ways closer to Neo-Platonism, was essential for the development of scholasticism. He also wrote “Canon of Medicine”, an influential medieval medical text.

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