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A Few Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Thanksgiving
The pilgrims stole from graves, the Wampanoag were devastated by disease, and the peace between them was political.
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How World War I launched mapmaking at National Geographic
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and the birth of mapmaking at National Geographic.
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Top guns of World War I
Combat aviation was born in the skies over Europe, as daring pilots learned how to dogfight on the fly during World War I.
About History

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

In the most basic sense, history is the branch of study relating to past events. It’s the record of the past, what it means to us and how it influences our lives. 

The study of ancient history encompasses Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, among others. The Ancient Egyptians are of course best known for their pyramids, which served as tombs for the civilisation’s dead kings. The Ancient Romans are most notorious for their gladiators, the highly trained “working class heroes” of antiquity. The Ancient Greeks are best remembered for their contributions to the foundations of Western culture including politics, literature and philosophy.

In more recent times, history’s focus has been on major world wars and events including the Industrial Revolution, World War I. World War II and the Iraq War. Adolf Hitler, the powerful dictator and leader of the Nazi party, was the catalyst for the start of World War II and one of the most terrible events in human history – the Holocaust.

Closer to home, key moments in Australian history include the first contact between European and Indigenous Australians, the First Fleet and the events Gallipoli during WWI.

Scroll through the videos, photos and articles below to find out more about history.


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