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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.

7 Early American Political Scandals 

Now little-known, these incidents once shocked voters.

Anne Lister’s Historic Hike

She ascended the highest French Pyrenees summit, defying preconceived notions about women's athleticism.

Graham Greene’s Spy Career and Its Thrilling Influence on His Work

The author was inspired by his WWII and postwar experiences.

Who Was Saint Valentine? 

The Christian martyr and symbol of love has a murky backstory.

The "Real" Witches of Macbeth

The Weird Sisters in the Scottish play may have been based on real people.

The Germans Had Their Own "Mad General" Who Rode Into Combat in a Kilt

You may have heard of “Mad Jack” Churchill, but the Germans also had a fearsome kilt-wearing soldier.

Sir Walter Raleigh and the Search for El Dorado 

His fascinating life included two stints in the Tower of London.

The Long and Bloody History of Čachtice Castle

The Slovakian castle was home to alleged serial killer Elizabeth Báthory.

Who Was Joséphine Bonaparte?

Delving into the life of the French empress.

The Centuries-Long History of the Panama Canal

Dreamt of for hundreds of years, the artificial waterway is a feat of engineering.

The Discovery of Penicillin and its Impact on Modern Medicine

The antibiotic saved many lives during WWII and afterward.

The Strange True Story of Dr. William Chester Minor and the Oxford English Dictionary

One of the dictionary's top contributors was an inmate at a psychiatric hospital.