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History is a term for information about the past. When used as the name of a field of study, history refers to the study and interpretation of the record of human societies. The term history comes from the Greek "ιστορία" historia, "an account of one's inquiries," and shares that etymology with the English word story. The 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica remarked 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 includes 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 history."

If you are interested in learning history, there are several books on the subject at, at both the grade school and college level.

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Bust of Julius Caesar
Bust of Julius Caesar

Gaius Julius Caesar (Latin: C·IVLIVS·C·F·C·N·CAESAR¹) (July 12 or July 13, 100 BCMarch 15, 44 BC) was a Roman military and political leader whose conquest of Gallia Comata extended the Roman world all the way to the Atlantic Ocean, launching the first Roman invasion of Britannia (Britain), and introducing Roman influence into Gaul, which later became France when occupied by the Franks of the North. It was an accomplishment with consequences still visible to this day. Caesar, who represented the populares faction in the Roman Senate, fought a civil war against the Optimates, or conservative faction in the Roman Senate. When winning left him undisputed master of the Roman world, he began extensive reforms of Roman society and government. Among other titles, the Roman Senate named Caesar dictator for life, a move which caused much resentment among a few in the Roman senate who thought that Caesar sought to make himself King of Rome which may have led to his assassination in Rome by a few members of the Roman Senate. The first five Roman Emperors were indirectly related to Julius Caesar.

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The Tughra (طغراء) of Mahmud II. A tughra (tuğra in Turkish) is a Turkish paisley-like calligraphic seal or signature used at the beginning of sultans' decrees. These colorful emblems incorporated the ruler's name and title in intricate vegetal inscriptions designed by neshanis, or court calligraphers. Parallel to the European signet, tughras often appeared on coins and stamps of the Ottoman Empire.

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Fort Yellowstone

...that the U.S. Army managed Yellowstone National Park for 32 years from Fort Yellowstone?
...that Iowa's Black Hawk Purchase is named for the Sac chief Black Hawk, despite that fact that he was a prisoner of war when the land-transfer treaty was signed?
...that the Statute of Westminster Adoption Act 1942 was seen as formally demonstrating Australia's independence to the world?
...that the Panjdeh Incident in 1886 almost led to full-scale war between the British Empire and Imperial Russia over their competing interests in Afghanistan?
...that Roman embassies to China are reported in Chinese historical accounts from as early as 166?
...that in the history of neurology, Ancient Egyptians described the effect of high transection of the spinal cord in humans?

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