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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

Ye Old Cheshire Cheese, the Prospect of Whitby and Ye Olde Cock Tavern are all types of what, and why are they linked?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

When Louis XIV greeted the Persian ambassador, Mohammed Reza Beg, at the Palace of Versailles on February 19, 1715, what was unusual about the garments the ‘Sun King’ wore?

Answer: Keen to make an impact, Louis was dressed in a black and gold ensemble covered with diamonds, worth 12.5 million livres. An astronomical amount. The king had to change out of it after dinner because it weighed so much.

Source: Dictionary of World History by A J P Taylor, 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

What was the first war in which the United States attempted to blockade a foreign port, shell a foreign capital and land troops on foreign soil?

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 scientist was the first to recognise and name both oxygen and hydrogen, the first in 1778 and second in 1783, and is often considered the ‘father of modern chemistry’?

Answer: Antoine Lavoisier (1743-1794).

Source: Oxygen by Michele Thomas
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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 Directory, the five-member executive that governed France between 1795 and 1799, lasted only four years due to the financial collapse and economic hardship it inherited from the previous revolutionary government. 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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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.