We are a non-profit organization publishing the world's most-read history encyclopedia.
Our mission is to engage people with cultural heritage and to improve history education worldwide.
Studying history helps us gain a more nuanced understanding of the world we live in today. Our knowledge and interpretation of history shape how we define ourselves as nations and as cultures, and it influences how we see and interact with other cultures. We help people across the globe gain a deeper, fundamental knowledge of our interconnected human past in order to create curious, open-minded, and tolerant societies in the future.
We want to make history engaging and compelling, inspiring our users and visitors to learn more. We reach the digital generation by sharing an array of historical topics and narratives through text, video, interactive features, and social media.
Every submission to the encyclopedia is carefully reviewed by our editorial team, making sure only the highest quality content is published to our site. Our publication follows academic standards, but it is written in an easy-to-read manner with students and the general public in mind. As a result, our publication is recommended by many educational institutions including:
- Oxford University
- European Commission's e-Learning Initiative
- School Library Journal
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
We were the proud winners of the .eu Web Award for education in 2016, and we have organizational and media partners in Europe, North America, and South America. World History Encyclopedia has also received grants from cultural and research organizations in the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
We are a non-profit organization dedicated to transparency. Please feel free to review our annual reports to see how we invest our donations and membership revenue.
World History Encyclopedia was founded in 2009 by Jan van der Crabben. He realized that the internet was missing a reliable and comprehensive resource for ancient history, which is why the website was called Ancient History Encyclopedia until it changed its name to World History Encyclopedia in 2021. What was available online was either scattered across various websites, illegible due to poor presentations or tainted with a distinct nationalist agenda.
Jan also had the idea that history was not linear (as it is taught in most school coursebooks), but rather a very parallel type of story, where everything is interlinked. After much programming on a netbook during daily train rides from London to Horsham in the United Kingdom, the site was launched to the public in August 2009. Since then, it has grown from a small history website to the largest and most popular history encyclopedia on the internet.
|2021||Rebranded to World History Encyclopedia|
|2020||29,129,606 unique visitors|
|2019||25,186,614 unique visitors|
|2019||Incorporated as non-profit organization in Canada|
|2018||19,750,000 unique visitors|
|2018||Won the Lovie Award|
|2017||19,400,000 unique visitors|
|2016||16,700,000 unique visitors|
|2016||Won the .eu Web Award|
|2015||12,200,000 unique visitors|
|2014||6,700,000 unique visitors|
|2013||2,600,000 unique visitors|
|2012||872,000 unique visitors|
|2012||Incorporated as non-profit company in the United Kingdom|
|2011||307,000 unique visitors|
|2010||43,000 unique visitors|
|2009||6,000 unique visitors|