Hard World History Quiz


1 - On which island did the Dutch East India Company establish Batavia as the center of its control of the spice trade in the early 17th century?

2 - King Mongkut is known as the Father of Modern ___ ?

3 - After Japan closed itself from foreigners in the 17th century, from which nationality were the only traders who had the right to trade with Japan in the bay of Osaka?

4 - Which family dominated Japan during the Heian period ?

5 - Which Russian tzar was killed in his bedroom on March 11, 1801?

6 - The Khanates of Astrakhan and Kazan were conquered in the reign of which Muscovite ruler?

7 - Which British officer was defeated at Isandlwana by Zulu troops armed with shield and spears?

8 - Where is the oldest university in Europe?

9 - How is this medieval coin called?

10 - Where did Charles the Bold, last reigning Duke of Burgundy, die?

11 - This Soviet premier, a former KGB head who suceeded Brezhnev, was seen as a potential reformer (even as pro-Western) by much of the European and American press, despite his rather conservative actions. He died after little over a year in office due to acute kidney failure. Who was he?

12 - Since Italian unification in 1861, which of these cities has never at one point been capital of Italy?

13 - Which of these battles was largely a Russian success?

14 - Which of the following was not part of the reforms undertaken by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk during his rule in Turkey?

15 - In which month of 1945 was an atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima?

16 - In which US State had Sweden for a time a Colony?

17 - Who brought the name Santa Claus with them to the New World?

18 - Which city served as a co-capital of the ancient Persian empire and was the scene of a bizare mass wedding between hundreds of Alexander the Great's soldiers and native women?

19 - From which country did Singapore receive Independence?

20 - How did the rule of Charles V of Spain end?