History

Travel to the past with the best history stories, from Ancient Rome to World War II. The Archive has the history stories you crave, from military sagas to exploring the New World.

How Trota of Salerno, 12th-Century Female Gynecologist, Disappeared from History

The historical reputation of Trota through the years shows how the mores of a current society can restrict contemporary understanding of a figure from the past.

The High Hopes of the Titanic’s Maiden Voyage

The infamous passenger liner was fitted with advanced safety features—lulling her crew into a false sense of security.

10 Most Influential World War II Battles

These military conflicts affected the outcome of the war—and some even changed the face of warfare forever.

Enter the Georgian Era

Discover the figures, culture, and technology that made the Georgian Era a vibrant time of change for an empire.

Schoolteacher Louise Thuliez Became a Key Resistance Fighter in 2 World Wars

Driven to help, Louise Thuliez aided underground networks in France despite facing an all-too-real threat of execution.

5 Unusual Holidays Inspired by History

These celebrations are rooted in the past.

10 Everyday Objects that Doubled as Real Spy Gadgets

These historical gadgets could be smuggled right under the enemy's nose.

Polish Eagle Scouts Stole a Tank and Liberated a Concentration Camp During WWII

A battalion of teenagers risked their lives to free Jewish prisoners.

Viking Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction

Enduring misconceptions obscure what the seafaring Norse people were really like.

10 Ancient Battles That Shook Civilizations

From brilliant victories to unpredictable military upsets, these conflicts stunned the ancient world.

What was Life Like Under German Occupation of the British Channel Islands?

Once a forbidden subject, recent years have begun to bring details of a dark time to light.

The Strange Connection Between the Nuclear Bomb, Bikinis, and Godzilla

Real devastation, fictional monsters, and a swimsuit all collided in the Pacific Ocean.

The Mapuche People's Centuries-Long Resistance Against the Spanish

This indigenous tribe refused to succumb to imperialist rule.