History

History is the study of past and future events. People know what happened in the past by looking at things from the past including sources (like books, newspapers, and letters) and artifacts (like pottery, tools, and human or animal remains.) Libraries, archives, and museums collect and keep these things for people to study history. A person who studies history is called a historian. A person who studies pre-history and history through things left behind by ancient cultures is called an archaeologist. A person who studies mankind and society is called an anthropologist. The study of the sources and methods used to study and write history is called historiography.

People can learn about the past by talking to people who remember things that happened in the past. This is called oral history. When people who had been slaves and American Civil War survivors got old, some historians recorded everything that they said, so that history would not be lost.

In old times people in different parts of the world kept separate histories because they did not meet each other very often. Some groups of people never met each other. Medieval Europe, Ancient Rome and Ancient China each thought that they ruled the only important parts of the world and that other parts were "barbarian".

Timeline of history

Current events, modern economic history, modern social history and modern intellectual history take very different views of the way history has affected the way that we think today.

Other Languages
адыгабзэ: Тарихъ
Afrikaans: Geskiedenis
Alemannisch: Geschichte
አማርኛ: ታሪክ
Ænglisc: Stǣr
العربية: تاريخ
aragonés: Historia
armãneashti: Istorie
arpetan: Histouère
অসমীয়া: বুৰঞ্জী
asturianu: Historia
Avañe'ẽ: Marandeko
Aymar aru: Nayra sarnaqawi
azərbaycanca: Tarix
تۆرکجه: تاریخ
bamanankan: Tariku
বাংলা: ইতিহাস
Bân-lâm-gú: Le̍k-sú
Basa Banyumasan: Sejarah
башҡортса: Тарих
беларуская: Гісторыя
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Гісторыя
भोजपुरी: इतिहास
български: История
Boarisch: Gschicht
བོད་ཡིག: ལོ་རྒྱུས།
bosanski: Historija
brezhoneg: Istor
буряад: Түүхэ
català: Història
Чӑвашла: Истори
Cebuano: Kasaysayan
čeština: Historie
chiShona: Nhoroondo
corsu: Storia
Cymraeg: Hanes
dansk: Historie
Deitsch: Gschicht
Deutsch: Geschichte
eesti: Ajalugu
Ελληνικά: Ιστορία
emiliàn e rumagnòl: Stòria
English: History
español: Historia
Esperanto: Historio
estremeñu: Estória
euskara: Historia
فارسی: تاریخ
Fiji Hindi: Dunia ke itihass
føroyskt: Søga
français: Histoire
Frysk: Skiednis
furlan: Storie
Gaeilge: Stair
Gaelg: Shennaghys
Gàidhlig: Eachdraidh
galego: Historia
ГӀалгӀай: Истори
贛語: 歷史
ગુજરાતી: ઇતિહાસ
गोंयची कोंकणी / Gõychi Konknni: Itihas
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Li̍t-sṳ́
한국어: 역사
Hausa: Tarihi
հայերեն: Պատմություն
हिन्दी: इतिहास
hrvatski: Povijest
Ilokano: Pakasaritaan
Bahasa Indonesia: Sejarah
interlingua: Historia
Interlingue: Historie
Ирон: Истори
isiXhosa: Imbali
íslenska: Saga
italiano: Storia
עברית: היסטוריה
Basa Jawa: Sajarah
kalaallisut: Oqaluttuarisaaneq
ಕನ್ನಡ: ಇತಿಹಾಸ
Kapampangan: Amlat
къарачай-малкъар: Тарих
ქართული: ისტორია
қазақша: Тарих
kernowek: Istori
Kiswahili: Historia
Kreyòl ayisyen: Istwa
kurdî: Dîrok
Кыргызча: Тарых
Ladino: Istoria
лакку: Тарих
latgaļu: Viesture
Latina: Historia
latviešu: Vēsture
Lëtzebuergesch: Geschicht
лезги: Тарих
lietuvių: Istorija
Ligure: Stöia
Limburgs: Historie
Lingua Franca Nova: Istoria
Livvinkarjala: Histourii
la .lojban.: citri
lumbaart: Stòria
magyar: Történelem
македонски: Историја
Malagasy: Tantara
മലയാളം: ചരിത്രം
Malti: Storja
मराठी: इतिहास
მარგალური: ისტორია
مصرى: تاريخ
مازِرونی: بگذشتی
Bahasa Melayu: Sejarah
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Lĭk-sṳ̄
Mirandés: Stória
монгол: Түүх
မြန်မာဘာသာ: သမိုင်း
Nāhuatl: Huahpacayotl
Nederlands: Geschiedenis
Nedersaksies: Geschiedenis
नेपाली: इतिहास
नेपाल भाषा: इतिहास
日本語: 歴史
Napulitano: Storia
нохчийн: Истори
Nordfriisk: Histoori
Norfuk / Pitkern: Histrei
norsk: Historie
norsk nynorsk: Historie
Nouormand: Histouère
Novial: Historie
occitan: Istòria
олык марий: Эртыш
Oromoo: Seenaa
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Tarix
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਇਤਿਹਾਸ
Pälzisch: Geschichte
پنجابی: تریخ
Papiamentu: Historia
پښتو: پېښليک
Patois: Ischri
Picard: Histoère
Tok Pisin: Histori
Plattdüütsch: Historie
polski: Historia
Ποντιακά: Ιστορία
português: História
română: Istorie
rumantsch: Istorgia
Runa Simi: Wiñay kawsay
русиньскый: Історія
русский: История
саха тыла: История
संस्कृतम्: इतिहासः
sardu: Istòria
Scots: History
Seeltersk: Geskichte
Sesotho sa Leboa: Ditiragalo
shqip: Historia
sicilianu: Storia
සිංහල: ඉතිහාසය
سنڌي: تاريخ
slovenčina: Dejiny
slovenščina: Zgodovina
словѣньскъ / ⰔⰎⰑⰂⰡⰐⰠⰔⰍⰟ: Їсторїꙗ
ślůnski: Gyszichta
Soomaaliga: Taariikh
کوردی: مێژوو
српски / srpski: Историја
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Historija
Basa Sunda: Sajarah
suomi: Historia
svenska: Historia
Tagalog: Kasaysayan
தமிழ்: வரலாறு
Taqbaylit: Amezruy
tarandíne: Storie
татарча/tatarça: Тарих
తెలుగు: చరిత్ర
tetun: Istória
тоҷикӣ: Таърих
Türkçe: Tarih
Türkmençe: Taryh
українська: Історія
اردو: تاریخ
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: تارىخ
Vahcuengh: Lizsij
vèneto: Istoria
vepsän kel’: Istorii
Tiếng Việt: Lịch sử
Volapük: Jenav
Võro: Aolugu
walon: Istwere
文言:
Winaray: Kasaysayan
Wolof: Taariix
吴语: 歷史
ייִדיש: היסטאריע
Yorùbá: Ìtàn
粵語: 歷史
Zazaki: Tarix
žemaitėška: Istuorėjė
中文: 历史