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History is the interpretation of past events, societies and civilisations. The term history comes from the Greek historia (ἱστορία), "an account of one's inquiries," and shares that etymology with the English word story. The 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica stated that "history in the wider sense is all that has happened, not merely all the phenomena of human life, but those of the natural world as well. It is everything that undergoes change; and as modern science has shown that there is nothing absolutely static, therefore, the whole universe, and every part of it, has its history."

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The Royal Plaza, with the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in the background, was the setting for most of the event surrounding the Revolution (photo taken in 1920s)

The Siamese Revolution of 1932 or the Siamese Coup d'état of 1932 was a crucial turning point in Thai history in the 20th century. The revolution or the coup d’etat was a bloodless transition on the 24 June 1932, in which the system of government in Siam was changed from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy. The revolution was brought about by a group of military and civilians, who formed Siam’s first political party, Khana Ratsadon. The revolution ended 150 years of absolutism under the House of Chakri and almost 700 years of absolute rule of Kings over Thai history. The Revolution was a product of global historical change as well as social and political changes domestically. The revolution also resulted in the people of Siam being granted their first Constitution.


This month's featured picture

Photograph of the Cliff Palace, photographed in 1891. It is the largest cliff dwelling in North America. The Ancient Pueblo structure is located in Mesa Verde National Park, in the southwest corner of the U.S. state of Colorado, home to the Ancestral Puebloans people.

Did you know...

Horatia Nelson

...that Horatia N. Thompson (pictured) was christened with Lord Nelson and Mrs Hamilton as godparents and was later adopted by them as an orphan, even though they were her biological parents?

...that the 1609 Treaty of Antwerp was influenced by the writings of Hugo Grotius in the Mare Liberum, which was published at the insistence of the Dutch East India Company during the course of the treaty negotiations?

...that Grand Duke Nicholas Mikhailovich of Russia let a soldier tasked with his execution take care of a cat?

...that, after driving the French Republicans from Italy, Russian Field-Marshal Alexander Suvorov managed to conduct a masterful flight across the snow-capped Alps?

...that George Rogers Clark was called the "Conqueror of the Northwest" because of his victorious Illinois campaign in the American Revolutionary War?

...that the crown-cardinals of Austria, France, and Spain could exercise the jus exclusivae during papal conclaves from the 16th to 20th centuries?

...that some accounts regarding the fighting during the Battle of Bonchurch states that some of the female population of the Isle of Wight participated by firing arrows at the French troops?

...that the Mongol Empire, also known as the Mongolian Empire was the largest contiguous empire in world history and for some time was the most feared in Eurasia?

...that the pioneers traveled to the Salt Lake Valley in the Great Basin using wagons, handcarts, and, in some cases, personally carrying their belongings. Their trail along the Platte River and over the Sweetwater River became known as the Mormon Trail?

...that when Mawewe, the putative king of Gazaland (in 19th-century Mozambique), played rough with the colonial Portuguese by demanding tribute and threatening to exterminate the Europeans if they refused to pay, Paiva de Andrade, then governor of Lourenço Marques, responded by sending a single rifle cartridge to Mawewe, saying that this would be the form his tribute would take?

...that the Muslim conquests (632–732), (Arabic: فتح‎, Fataḥ, literally opening,) also referred to as the Islamic conquests or Arab conquests, began after the death of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. He established a new unified political policy in the Arabian Peninsula which under the subsequent Rashidun (The Rightly Guided Caliphs) and Umayyad Caliphates saw a century of rapid expansion of Muslim power?

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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The History Portal

Welcome to the history portal. This portal is intended to be a user-friendly guide to history content on Wikiversity for pre-school, primary and secondary levels. For a more specialized and advanced portal, please refer to the school of history.

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Featured content

Please feel welcome to look through the history content (right) and select some for this feature box.

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This painting is an example of the genre of history painting. It shows George Washington crossing the Delaware River in 1776. History painting was a major movement in art from the 17th to 19th centuries. As the paintings are now in the public domain, copies of them are ideal for inclusion in educational history resources. Click on the image for a full size version which you can freely re-use and modify. Print it and use it for your lessons, integrate it into your pages on Wikiversity, or use it in other learning resources and websites. Use the links below to find more images like this one.

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This image is a part of the Educational Media Awareness Campaign, raising awareness among educators about the availability and usage of millions of free internet media in education.
To-do list for History

The following list is organized by Department and Project.

All Departments

With the new Browse system in place at Wikiversity, categorization is important. If you have some spare time, consider adding and organizing categories for School of History projects.

European History

History of Ireland through Song

  • We currently need contributors to improve our outline of Irish History. If you think you can do this, or can help, go ahead and get started or post on the project talk page.
  • We're trying to develop a comprehensive list of songs (preferably in English or Irish Gaelic) that deal with aspects of Irish History. If you know of any songs that talk about something that happened in Ireland's past, go ahead and add it to our list.

World War I

  • We need some more help with developing the World War I page. Has anyone got an idea how the structure and content should be, please do edit at the project page and be bold!

Chinese History


  1. Introduction to Historiography is in the works! Feel free to stop by and develop the course.

North American History

  • Complete Department reforms
  • Survey Courses for each period
  • Establish more courses
    • Develop Intro. to History
    • Develop Intro. to Canadian History
    • Develop period courses (200 level)
  • Update pages as necessary
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Guide to History
The following is a dynamic listing of all the pages categorised into this portal. To restructure or extend this list, you will need to edit the category system itself. Where are the use instructions for this template?
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Create a new History page

Enter the title of your new page into the box below and click the button. This will create a new page for you and start off the page with some boilerplate.

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