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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

Widespread Support for Dedicated History Subscription Streaming Service – Three Country Survey

A survey of history enthusiasts in Australia, the United States and the UK has found widespread support for a dedicated history subscription based streaming service.

Over 80 percent of survey respondents said they would subscribe to such a history entertainment platform.

The survey results endorsed anecdotal evidence of strong support for traditional history as an entertainment offering, with no political or agenda pushing history. Or, as one respondent said, ‘no woke-washed history’.

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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

The Kingdom of Kartli-Kakheti existed between 1762 and 1800. Where was it?

Answer: Modern day Georgia. It came into being after the unification of two eastern Georgian kingdoms, the Kingdom of Kartli and the Kingdom of Kakheti. It was annexed by the Russian Empire in 1801.

Source: From Conflict to Autonomy in the Caucasus by Arsene Saparov

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Yesterday's question and answer:

Cooling Castle was a 14th century English castle built in Kent. Constructed to defend the area against French raiding parties, it was the first English castle designed to allow fort defenders to use gunpowder weapons. What was ironic about its eventual demise?

Answer: It was the offensive capability of gunpowder weapons that led to Cooling’s capture after only eight hours when besieged by Sir Thomas Wyatt (1521-1554) in January 1554. The castle was largely destroyed.

Source: Fortess Kent by Roy D. Ingleton

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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 battle, taking place in 1622, was the only major engagement that was fought between two European powers on the Chinese mainland?

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:

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?

Answer: The First Barbary War (1801-1805).

Source: The Wars of the Barbary Pirates by Gregory Fremont-Barnes
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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 was the growing influence of foreign powers that was the main reason behind the disintegration of the Chinese state in the early twentieth century. What do you think?

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What Business Can Learn from the Lessons of History

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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.