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30 Most Popular World History Essay Topics in 2020-2021 - History

30 Most Popular World History Essay Topics in 2020-2021 - History

30 Most Popular World History Essay Topics in 2020-2021

Essay topics may surprise everyone. Some are assigned by professors, while some are figments of the students’ imagination. However, when it comes to World History, one doesn’t have a very broad pool for choosing something non-trite. That’s where students feel bored and aren’t interested in writing.

Students who don’t like writing about World History tend to buy essays online written from scratch to minimize the burden of studying. Yet, if you still believe in mastering the essay DIY, this article covers the 30 most popular World History essay topics of 2020-2021 as well as tips on how to choose one for your preferences.

How to Choose the Essay Topic in World History

Even though this article may hint you at the topic, you should start by researching which one goes over well with your mood.

  1. Brainstorm the World History areas or fields that you find the most interesting ones. It means a topic that will get you hooked on the research. You won’t be bored but eager to learn something new and deliver it to the audience or your professor. Note, if you choose a topic that seems a burden to yourself, success is unlikely to happen, especially with your potential grade;
  2. Research the chosen topic. Learn how much evidence and facts you may find to make your essay interesting. Ask a professor for advice since they may tell you about the fields not covered by other students previously;
  3. Prepare sources. Once done with the choice, ensure to collect as many reliable sources as possible to show your dedication to writing.

By following these three steps, you are half of the way until submitting an interesting World History essay.

Note, some students may also play smart and find an essay sample online. They rewrite it and submit it as the original one. Such intentions are better to avoid since 1) you don’t practice and work out your brain but get a ready paper; 2) a professor may still find it plagiarized with designated tools. Moreover, feel free to check the standard evaluation of World History essays.

Now, the topics. Off we go!

Top 30 World History Topics for Essays

  1. Comparison of slavery in ancient times with modern times in African regions;
  2. Plaques that managed to destroy populations in Europe and Asia;
  3. Egyptians have hidden goals while building pyramids;
  4. Chinese Great Wall - convict-built protection;
  5. Indigenous tribes of America;
  6. How did World War 2 change the world?
  7. What could have been done to prevent World War 2?
  8. Japanese Yakuza - ancient and modern traditions;
  9. The best inventions of history that don’t have alternatives;
  10. Cuban history - Revolutions and Freedom;
  11. Cold War - positive and negative outcomes;
  12. The bloody history of the British Empire;
  13. Roman military forces - What made them be one of the greatest warriors?
  14. Islam beliefs in the modern world;
  15. Post-war in Vietnam outcomes for the population;
  16. Fashion history: Women clothes in the 18th century;
  17. Roman vs British Empires comparison;
  18. Pol Pot’s cruelty in Cambodia;
  19. The Nazi mission to change the world;
  20. Top 3 historical figures that changed the world;
  21. Bizzare medicine in ancient times;
  22. Hippie culture - Do we need one now?
  23. Iran and Iraq war - What are the positive outcomes if there are any?
  24. Gender roles in American government in the 19th century;
  25. Pirates in Somali - Why and at What Cost?
  26. Colonization of Africa - Why African people struggle with basics until now?
  27. Soviet countries technology in 2021;
  28. Russia - Why is everyone scared of the country?
  29. Conquering space - American and Russian outcomes;
  30. Covid-19 - Is there any hope for a total cure?

These are examples. Based on any above-mentioned topic, you may find alternative topics. For instance, “Bizzare medicine in ancient times” - you may take Asian medicine or European medicine to write about. Otherwise, you may generally speak of the diseases of ancient times, and how people managed to survive them with holistic treatments.

How to Make World History Writing Interesting?

To help you discover as many inspirational moods as possible, think about turning to the following platforms:


This online platform helps to find many videos dedicated to various topics including World History. Upon watching the video, you may write down key points and then use them in your essay as “quote of a scientist, researcher”, etc.

World History Encyclopedia

This is a non-profit organization that helps people find publications on one or another World History event. You may refer to it as a trustworthy source.


This platform is like Wikipedia for history information. You may use it when other sources don’t have much information for brainstorming.

Another method to make your essay flawless if you have enough time is to use social media. Don’t be surprised. For instance, you write about Hippie Culture in America, and you want more facts or interesting stories. Find the designated groups online where people share their love for this culture. These groups might be followed by senior representatives of the hippie movement, and you may directly ask them for some interesting stories. Such an approach to writing will be much appreciated by your professor. Beyond that, it is a non-trite way of writing that other students might not even think of.

Note, every fact that you add to your history essay should have a solid backup. If you cannot double-check the veracity of the fact, don’t add it. It concerns the dates, names, and outcomes. If you are not sure about one even specific date, round it or use the century just. However, it is always better to fill your paper with traceable facts that your professor may check anytime.

Finally, prior to submitting your essay in World History, ensure to check it with plagiarism tools. Even though you could write it on your own, some statements may look like the borrowed ones. Especially, it concerns the quotes. If so, you cannot prove after the professor that it is your creation written from scratch.

Feel free to choose any topic and master it until it is tasty to read. World History is not always a happy or interesting matter, however, you may change your audience’s opinion once and forever.

World history

World history or global history as a field of historical study examines history from a global perspective. It emerged centuries ago leading practitioners have included Voltaire (1694-1778), Hegel (1770-1831), Karl Marx (1818-1883) and Arnold J. Toynbee (1889-1975). The field became much more active (in terms of university teaching, text books, scholarly journals, and academic associations) in the late 20th century. It is not to be confused with comparative history, which, like world history, deals with the history of multiple cultures and nations, but does not do so on a global scale. World history looks for common patterns that emerge across all cultures. World historians use a thematic approach, with two major focal points: integration (how processes of world history have drawn people of the world together) and difference (how patterns of world history reveal the diversity of the human experience). [1]

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Top 10 Most Popular Sports In The World – Famous Sports

Which are the most popular sports in the world? or what is the most popular sport in the world? These are the questions that are answered in the below article.

The history of sports and games is many thousand years old. Some of the most ancient sports are still played in their modified form. The popularity of sports depends on many factors, one of the biggest factors is the number of fans around the world. Definitely a popular sport will have more fans and followers around the world.

The strategies we have used in the grading of these most famous sports in the world include:

  • The number of fans of that particular sports on social media
  • The number of professional leagues around the world
  • Number of professional people associated with that sports
  • The popularity of prominent athletes or players of that sports
  • The number of people who follow or watch mega-events of that sports
  • Wealth or Net Worth of professional individual or teams associated with that sports

Let’s have a look at these most popular sports in the world.

01. Soccer/Football – 4.1 Billion Fans

Number of Fans4.1 Billion
Popularity RegionWorldwide Especially Europe & Africa
Number of LeaguesMore than any other sports
Prominent PlayersCristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar
Mega EventsFIFA World Cup, Euro Cup, UEFA Finals, El Classico
Popular LeaguesEnglish Primer League, La Liga, UEFA Champions League, Series A

Soccer/football is the most popular sport in the world.

You may have predicted it already that which will be the most popular among sports. With over 4.1 billion fans around the world, football is considered the most-watched sport around the globe.

Soccer or association football is a worldwide popular sport that is played and watched all around the world especially in Europe and African regions.

The second biggest reason for its top position in the list is its most number of professional leagues in the world. In the FIFA world cup 2018, more than 7.7 million fans visited Russia to watch the game. This huge number is more than any other sports world cup event.

Football’s upcoming world cup 2022 will show the actual number of fans in the world. This event is expected to be the biggest sports event ever in the world.

02. Basketball – 2.7 Billion Fans

Number of Fans2.7 Billion
Popularity RegionUSA, Canada, Europe & Africa
Number of LeaguesMore than 100 Around the world
Prominent PlayersLeBron James, Stephen Curry, Dwyane Wade
Mega EventsFIBA World Cup, NBA Finals, Olympic Games
Popular LeaguesNBA, FIBA, EuroLeague

Basketball is the 2nd most popular sport in the world with more than 2.7 billion fans in the world.

As fan following is the most powerful aspect in the ranking of popular sports, so basketball has recently beaten cricket for 2nd position. Basketball is more popular in the USA, Canada, Europe, and many other countries in the world. The game has more than 100 leagues in the world.

Basketball has some of the richest athletes in the world. It means this popular sport is paying very high.

03. Cricket – 2.6 Billion Fans

Number of Fans2.6 Billion
Popularity RegionAsia, South Africa, Australia
Number of Leagues10+ (Series Based)
Prominent PlayersVirat Kohli, MS Dhoni, AB de Villiers
Mega EventsICC World Cup, ICC T20 world cup, Champions Trophy
Popular LeaguesIPL, PSL, BPL

Cricket is the 3rd most popular sport in the world with over 2.6 billion fans around the world.

Cricket is mostly played and watched in Asia, South Africa, and Australia. A large number of people in these regions play, watch, and like cricket. Unlike football, cricket is played mostly in series. But during the last decade, some modifications are applied and some popular cricket leagues are introduced that increased its popularity.

04. Tennis – 1.5 Billion Fans

Number of Fans1.5 Billion
Popularity RegionEurope, America, Asia
Number of LeaguesMore than 50
Prominent PlayersRoger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams
Mega EventsAustralian Open, French Open, Wimbledon
Popular LeaguesUS Open, Davis Cup

Tennis is the fourth most popular sport in the world with more than 1.5 billion fans.

There are more than 50 professional tennis leagues around the world with a number of mega-events. This is a different type of sport with a single or two team members.

Mega-events and big rivalries matches have more than 1.5 billion fans.

05. Boxing – 900 Million Fans

Number of Fans900 Million
Popularity RegionUSA, Mexico, Japan
Number of LeaguesMore than 50
Prominent PlayersFloyd Mayweather, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson
Mega EventsBoxing at the Olympics Games, World Boxing Championships
Popular LeaguesUltimate Fighting Championship, One Championship

Boxing is the fifth most popular sport in the world with more than 900 million fans around the world.

Another popular and powerful factor about boxing that made it popular, is the individual wealth and net worth of players. Some boxers are listed among the richest athletes in the world.

People worldwide, especially in the USA, Mexico, and Japan like and watch boxing.

06. Volleyball – 900 Million Fans

Number of Fans900 Million
Popularity RegionBrazil, China, Russia
Number of LeaguesMore than 50
Prominent PlayersKerri Walsh Jennings, Giba, Ivan Zaytsev
Mega EventsOlympic Games, World Championships, World Cup
Popular LeaguesFIVB Volleyball World League, Federation Internationale de Volleyball

Volleyball is the 6th most popular sport in the world right now with almost 900 million fans.

Volleyball became more popular during the last decade due to the Olympic Games. It jumped up into the most popular sports in the world because a huge increase was noticed in its followers in the world.

Volleyball is one of the most-watched events in the Olympic games and its world cup is also one of the most popular sports events in the world. Some of the famous volleyball players are followed all over the world.

07. Rugby – 500 Million Fans

Number of Fans500 Million
Popularity RegionUSA, England, France
Number of LeaguesMore than 20
Prominent PlayersDavid Pocock, Jonah Lomu, Dan Carter
Mega EventsOlympic Games, World Cup
Popular LeaguesSuper League, National Rugby League

Rugby is the 7th most popular sport in the world with 500 million fans around the world.

Rugby is one of the older sports in the world that is still played with some modifications. Olympic Games have boosted up Rugby’s fan following up to 500 million.

Rugby has more than 20 leagues around the world but the Olympic games and world cup made it one of the most popular sports in the world.

08. ICE Hockey – 500 Million Fans

Number of Fans500 Million
Popularity RegionCanada, United States, Russia
Number of LeaguesMore than 30
Prominent PlayersSidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, Steve Yzerman
Mega EventsWinter Olympics, Stanley Cup, World Cup
Popular LeaguesNHL, KHL, American Hockey League

Ice hockey is the 8th most popular sport in the world right now.

It has around 500 million fans that made it one of the most followed and most-watched sports around the globe. It is a contact team sport which is played on ice. Ice hockey is one of the most entertaining sports in the world.

This form of hockey is more popular in Canada, America, and Russia. That is why Ice hockey is one of the most popular American sports of the time.

09. Baseball – 480 Million Fans

Number of Fans480 Million
Popularity RegionUnited States, Mexico, Cuba
Number of Leagues10 Plus
Prominent PlayersCristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar
Mega EventsWorld Series, World Baseball Classic
Popular LeaguesMLB, Minor League Baseball, National League

Baseball is the 9th most popular sport in the world with more than 480 million fans.

The sport is more popular and played in the United States, Mexico, and Cuba. It is also played in many other countries of the world. Baseball is also a bat and ball sport like cricket but its rules are far different from cricket.

10. Golf – 450 Million Fans

Number of Fans450 Million
Popularity RegionUnited States, Italy, NewZealand
Number of LeaguesMore than 10
Prominent PlayersTiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson
Mega EventsOlympic Games, Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup
Popular LeaguesPGA TOUR, LPGA, THE PLAYERS Championship

Golf is the 10th most popular sport in the world with more than 450 million fans around the world.

Golf is more popular in the United States and New Zealand. It has some of the richest athletes in the world like Tiger Woods.

*Names of Prominent Players are based on their number of social media fans.

Quick Review – Most Popular Sports

Here is a quick recap of what we have discussed above. The most popular sports in the world are:

Primary Sources: World History

On this page you can find primary source material - both websites and books in the WSA Library - on World History.

For help with learning how to use online primary sources, see:

Look for primary sources in WSA databases.

For websites covering a multiple time periods and geographical locations, see:

Primary sources on specific time periods:

Ancient History
Medieval History and Renaissance Period (100 CE through 17th century)
The French Revolution (1789-1794)
19th Century
Modern History - 20th and 21st centuries
World War I
World War II

Primary sources on specific countries or regions:

Primary sources on specific topics:

People Who Voted On This List (3367)

I really wish I could disqualify anything that has the words 'epic story' in the title. Great history books make an argument based on an interpretation of the past a history book that just tells you a story has a seriously limited value.

I cant seem to add books to the list but could I suggest A Short History of Byzantium by John Julius Norwich.

I went ahead and did disqualify a couple of works of fiction. But really, I don't think the "epic story" label should eliminate a work from consideration. You could start with Herodotus and Thucydides whose work is undeniably epic, but also epochal, in that we would have no history without them. Serious history has scholarly obligations, but it has artistic ones as well. If the matter isn't interesting, then ultimately no one is going to care about the footnotes or the argument.

Water for Elephants is most emphatically not a work of history.

Removed for being fiction:

Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen
The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant

I am of two minds about The Devils of Loudun, so I left it.

The Devils of Loudun is really not a novel, despite Huxley's reputation as a novelist. It is as "literary" as Barbara Tuchman. If you are thinking of the dreadful Ken Russell film based on the book, all I can say is, please don't.

Adding "Benedict Arnold's Navy" by James Nelson.

Had it not been for Horatio Gates, who stole Arnold's genius at Saratoga and threw him to the wolves causing Arnold to "turn coat", Benedict Arnold could quite possibly been a greater American Hero than George Washington.

This book is of Benedict Arnolds building of a small fleet in the harbor of Skenesborough (modern day Whitehall, NY) to sail north and interdict the British fleet arriving via the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Richelieu river.

The ensuing "Battle of Valcour Island" is considered to be the very first naval engagement by the American Navy.

/> All of the Edward Rutherfurd books on the list (Sarum, London, Russka, New York) are novels. If you include them, you have to open the field to Michener.

I was only able to find Russka. I have deleted it. Cheers.

I found the others, on page 3. I'll delete them.

ETA: Also removed "The Great Indian Novel." Because it, too, is a novel.

Too much american history.You're not the world y'know ?

You could, of course, add works about non-American history to the list.

Removed: The Killer Angels - a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

Midwives, by Chris Bohjalian
Chesapeake, by James A. Michener

The Ballad of the White Horse, by G.K. Chesterton

Where is the Venerable Bede?

You could add him. It's easy to add books to lists at the top of the page, at the tab next to "all votes."

David & Russ - any clue as to what book "Unknown Book 9379560" is at No. 147 on this list? You were the ones who voted for it.

The list is a little ethnocentric. Just a thought. if you know of a good book that is also the history of women, or Native Americans, or any other underrepresented group, you may want to add it. I added a few, but it could still use some rounding out.

D. wrote: "The Guns of August is a great, great book. but it is HISTORICAL FICTION. It is strong, well-researched historical fiction, but it is fiction This list is supposed to be strictly nonfiction."

It is most certainly not historical fiction. What is your evidence that it is?

It won the Pulitzer for "general nonfiction."

Gates of Fire, by Steven Pressfield
The Pale Criminal, by Philip Carr
Queen Margot, by Alexandre Dumas
A Philosophical Investigation, by Philip Kerr

Oh, it's a great book. It really does "read like a novel."

Revisited Feb 10 and asked the system to find duplicates, because I spotted one (Sherman's memoirs). The system found and removed 5 duplicates.

I sympathize with the person who pointed out there is too much American history here. I went back and found some good books I had read (primarily Russian Revolution and Cuba) and added those I can't reasonably add anything I haven't read, but have added some "want to reads" from the wider world.

And this is one of the times when I wish I had more than 100 votes!

/> I admire your fantastic library of golden books. Thank you.

I only had a hundred books I could add!

/> Wow, so many great sounding books that I've missed. Might have to read John Adams now, since it's at the top of the list. How about a history book that was just "fun" to read? Like "One of a Kind" about Stu Ungar, or "Vegas and the Mob," about, well, Las Vegas? Or are those too low-brow to admit at guilty pleasures?

Ron wrote: "Wow, so many great sounding books that I've missed. Might have to read John Adams now, since it's at the top of the list. How about a history book that was just "fun" to read? Like "One of a Kind" . "
Not familiar with these, but in order to qualify as history books, they must refer to a period at least 50 years before the publication date. at least I think so. Susanna CBG would know for sure.

I'm having a terrible time whittling my choices down to 100!

I wish I could pull books OFF this list. How about anything by Joseph Ellis is on this list is beyond me.

Socraticgadfly wrote: "I wish I could pull books OFF this list. How about anything by Joseph Ellis is on this list is beyond me."

Exactly how I feel when I see Gone With the Wind as "best" historical fiction, when it is myth, and not even benign myth. But on the other hand, the First Amendment right to say what books we like is even more critical.

You don't give any reason for writing that Joseph Ellis shouldn't be on the list. At least one historian places him among the five best historywriters today (http://practicallyhistorical.net/2011. )

1 duplicate found and removed.

/> A New Age Now Begins: A People's History of the American Revolution, Vol 1
This 8 volume set written as a popular history is essential to understand the continuity of the development of the United States. This history is readable, does not focus on politics, politicians or generals and warfare. Rather all the above are included as they apply to the social fabric, and cultural development that caused America to become what it has. Here you will understand why normal people did what they did and the events that impacted peoples lives for good or evil. This set can be collected for about $8 or less per volume in used book stores. If you have any interest in history find any volume in a library and read a chapter.

Cameron wrote: "Siddhartha, being a novel, should be removed."
Open ended listopia such as this one rely largely upon volunteer librarians, such as myself. If a title is misplaced on this list and you want to see it removed, please indicate on what page of the list you found it. This is a very long list, and I can't see scrolling through 18+ pages searching for 1 book, but I will zap it if I know where it is. Thanks.

page 2 Neil Shubin Your Inner Fish is not a history book. The only way that it is historical is if broad-stroke paleontology can be classified as historical

Whats wrong with novels? My interest in history started from The Other Boleyn Girl that is pretty much fiction. I wanted to know how the real story went, and the rest is "history". Recently I went to Amsterdam. As usual, before I have read few books about history of Netherlands. Some were unnecessary long and boring. In between I read The Coffee Trader, a novel, intertaining and very close to reality.
So, whatever gets you going. Besides, the author disclaims in the book what is fiction and whats not.

Irina wrote: "Whats wrong with novels? My interest in history started from The Other Boleyn Girl that is pretty much fiction. I wanted to know how the real story went, and the rest is "history". Recently I went . "

Nothing is wrong with novels, but a fictional story set during an historic period is classified as historical fiction. There are a number of listopias for that genre. There are also some mixed listopias that include both history and historical fiction the first that comes to mind is the American Civil War listopia, where both genres are welcome.

The listmaker determines the parameters, and by definition a history book is nonfiction. The subscript below the title specifies no historical fiction, so it's as clear as a bell.

If you dislike the listmaker's parameters, you are also free to start a new list, but it's best to check and make sure (using the search bar for listopias) that the list you want to vote on doesn't already exist.

Jonas wrote: "page 2 Neil Shubin Your Inner Fish is not a history book. The only way that it is historical is if broad-stroke paleontology can be classified as historical"

History is defined as beginning when there is written language, so no, it's not historical.

The system found and removed 14 duplicates.

Dear Donna, goodreads is not University History department recommended reading, it's for people who like reading. How about Herodotus Histories? It is a history book, however I quote from experts "is bedevilled with the questions that still haunt it today concerning the relationship between truth and storytelling, SUBJECTIVE witnessing and objective record."

Irina wrote: "Dear Donna, goodreads is not University History department recommended reading, it's for people who like reading. How about Herodotus Histories? It is a history book, however I quote from experts ". "
Thanks for the education, yo. If you want the parameters of the list changed, talk to Goodreads employees. I'm a volunteer, and I'm done with this thread.

Same here - GR librarians are not GR staff we are all volunteers.

You want to change the parameters of this list, I suggest you either argue with its creator, or contact GR staff and make a persuasive argument.

Otherwise your choices are to follow the parameters of this list, or to start another one. There are a ton of lists here on Listopia, and more every day.

Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs was best remembered as the charismatic co-founder of Apple Inc. Working with co-founder Steve Wozniak, Jobs introduced the Apple II, a popular mass-market personal computer that helped usher in a new era of personal computing. After being forced out of the company that he founded, Jobs returned in 1997 and assembled the team of designers, programmers, and engineers responsible for the groundbreaking iPhone, iPad, and many other innovations.

World History

In the West, Herodotus (left) is called the "Father of History," and Thucydides (right) the "Father of Scientific History."

Human history, unsurprisingly, is very long and full of more details and events than anyone could remember. Even the earliest histories we have today?some dating back thousands of years?grapple with making sense of everything that came before them. Infoplease is here to help you get everything in order.Check out the 100 Most Significant Events of the Last Thousand Years, an ancient history timeline, world history timelines and more.

Pre-Modern 1 History

Beginning with the Earth's formation, throughto the beginning of the modern day,fan favorites like ancient Egypt, Babylon, Harappa, Rome, and Aksum make their debuts. Though they have a less direct impact on the world today, these historic cultures held major influence over the course of history. The inventions of agriculture, fire, megalithic construction, and speech are the foundations of human life, as well as the development of the artsand sciences.Check out our timelines to discover more about these remote (and often unrecognizable) times.

Early Modern 2 History

With the "rediscovery" of Classical learning in the West, the invention of new economic models like mercantilism, and increased contact around the globe, the world begins to take the shape it has today. Early modernity will see the creation of the nation-state, the rise of capitalism and colonialism, and the beginnings of industrialization. Across the entire world, from Mali to the Maratha, this time period will seethe consolidation and rise of thousands of notable polities and countries. Explore some of the highlights from this defining period of human history.

Late Modern 3 History

Late modernity, if it can be meaningfully distinguished from "now" ends with World War II andthe beginning of the atomic era. The late modern period is characterized by industry, locomotion, the peak of colonialism in Africa and Asia, and the beginnings of industrialized warfare. By the end of this time period, the multinational empires of the past will begin to break apart, paving the way for the current nations of the world.


Contemporary history begins with the splitting of the atom and the rise of computers. These two new technologies more than anything else will fundamentally shape the course of human affairs. The contemporary period is characterized by the end of colonial imperialism, the rise of global capitalism and neocolonialism, and the rapid growth of global communication. Being the present, it's impossible to say when or how this time period may end.

1. The distinction between modern and pre-modern is a bit shaky at times. The most common dispute about when "modern" history begins is whether it starts right before or right after the Middle Ages (being named as such because they fall between Classical history and Modern history). Ultimately the distinction between modern and pre-modern is fairly arbitrary, especially when applied to places outside of Europe.

2.The editors at Infoplease have decided to split the divide around the beginning of the Italian Renaissance.With the Italian Renaissance, things start to look more familiar than in the Middle Ages. Medieval societies were built around systems of government, economic practices, and schools of thought that are often completely alien to today's readers, while by the Renaissance things like standing armies, stock-bond companies, and ethnic states come into play.

3. The division between early modernity and late modernity is also relatively fuzzy, as it's most commonly decided based on industrialization and complex modes of production. These factors arise at different times in different places, and are not universal metrics of "progress." For simplicity's sake, the editors have marked the break with the industrialization of the United Kingdom and the United States.

7. Larry Page

Born in 1973, Larry Page is the CEO of Alphabet Inc., Google’s Parent Company. He was born in California, US. He is a Computer Scientist and an internet entrepreneur. Page is a self-made billion with his net worth being $38.8 billion. He attended the University of Michigan. From there, she graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering. He is also a holder of a master’s in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Larry Page together with Sergey Brin founded Google Inc in 1998. In 2001, he stepped aside as CEO for Eric Schmidt but resumed as CEO in 2011. Page is also behind the PageRank, a search ranking algorithm of Google. He also received the Marconi Prize in 2004. Other than Alphabet, Page also heads Calico. Calico is a healthcare division, and Nest a smart home appliance division. Until the forming of Alphabet in 2015, Page was the CEO of Google. Alphabet outperformed Apple as the most valuable company in Dec 2015. It posted excellent results.

8. Drake

Whether it’s his inspiring quotes, rumored hook-ups, or rap feuds, no matter what Drake does, he will always remain a beloved and popular celebrity in the entertainment world. He’s only in his early 30s but has already outsold rap legends, including Tupac, Jay-Z and Eminem.

The Canadian-born star has won four Grammys, 13 BET Awards and six Juno awards. His chart-topping albums including Views always have a longstanding reign, while his arena tours sell out in minutes. In 2021, Drake became the first artist to surpass 50 billion combined streams on Spotify and was named Artist of the Decade at the Billboard Music Awards.

But Drake doesn’t just cash in from music, the smart businessman also has a line of endorsement deals from Apple Music to Nike, as well as his own company called OVO which includes live entertainment, clothing, sound radio and a record label.

Net Worth: $180 Million
Twitter Followers: 39 Million
Instagram Followers: 79 Million
Did You Know? Drake has an obsession for the late singer, Aaliyah! As listed in our Drizzy facts post, he even has a tattoo of her on his back!

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Most career goals (football)

The most goals scored in a specified period is 1,279 by Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Brazil) (b. 23&hellip

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Shortest woman - living (mobile)

The shortest woman living (mobile) is Jyoti Amge (India, born 16 Dec 1993), who measured 62.8 cm (24&hellip

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Widest mouth - unstretched

The widest mouth measures 17 cm (6.69 in) and belongs to Francisco Domingo Joaquim "Chiquinho"&hellip

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Highest vehicle mileage

At 4 p.m. on 18 September 2013, Irvin "Irv" Gordon (USA) clocked up his three-millionth mile in his&hellip

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Largest living cat

The largest living cat is Hercules, an adult male liger (lion x tigress hybrid) currently housed at&hellip

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Tallest man ever

The tallest man in medical history for whom there is irrefutable evidence is Robert Pershing Wadlow&hellip

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Longest nose on a living person

The longest nose on a living person measures 8.8 cm (3.46 in) from the bridge to the tip and belongs&hellip

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Longest time breath held voluntarily (male)

The longest time breath held voluntarily (male) is 24 min 3.45 secs and was achieved by Aleix Segura&hellip

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Longest snake in captivity ever

The longest snake - ever (captivity) is Medusa, a reticulated python (python reticulatus), and is&hellip

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Most alternative control methods used to complete Dark Souls

Action RPG Dark Souls is widely regarded as one of the toughest games in existence, but that hasn't&hellip

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Highest mountain

The highest mountain in the world is Mount Everest. Its peak rises to 8,848 m (29,028 ft 9 in) – the&hellip

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Longest fingernails on a pair of hands (female) - ever

The longest fingernails belonged to Lee Redmond (USA), who started to grow them in 1979 and&hellip

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Oldest person ever

The greatest fully authenticated age to which any human has ever lived is 122 years 164 days by&hellip

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Largest spider

The world's largest known spider is a male goliath bird-eating spider ( Theraphosa blondi )&hellip

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Land speed (fastest car)

The official land-speed record (measured over one mile) is 1,227.985 km/h (763.035 mi/h) (Mach&hellip

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Largest human mattress dominoes

The largest human mattress dominoes consists of 2,016 people and was achieved at an event organized&hellip

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Fastest internet connection (country)

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Most dangerous ant

The most dangerous ant in the world is the bulldog ant ( Myrmecia pyriformis ) found in coastal&hellip

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