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WikiProject History

Welcome to the History WikiProject on the English Wikipedia!

We are a group dedicated to improving Wikipedia's coverage of topics related to history. If you would like to join us, please feel free to add your name to the list of project members.

WikiProject status and resourcesEdit

As per the notice at the top of this page, this project is not fully active. however, below are some automated features that you may find useful for working on articles on history-related topics.

Popular pagesEdit


A monthly popular pages report for this project is available, updated by Community Tech bot.

You can view a list of our popular pages, at: Wikipedia:WikiProject_History/Popular_pages

Founding and developmentEdit

Significant milestones for this WikiProject:

WikiProject structureEdit

WikiProject History has developed several structural features to help manage our work:

  • Coordinators are responsible for maintaining the administrative aspects of the project
  • Working groups host work on several specialized tasks, including article quality assessment, detailed article and content review, and offline publication.
  • Task forces are more informal groups for collaboration on specific topics within history.
  • WikiProject history recently expanded into Wikibooks.
  • See below for more information, including various additional roles and group information, in the section project staff and working groups.


The goals of this wikiproject are: a) to improve Wikipedia's coverage of history by creating, expanding, and maintaining history-related articles. b) to provide guidelines and recommendations for articles that describe all aspects of history. c) to serve as the central point of discussion for issues related to history in Wikipedia, d) to maintain the history portal and its sub-portals, e) to answer queries about history on the reference desk, especially the humanities reference desk.

Outline of history articleEdit

The entire subject and Wikipedia's coverage of it is intended to be summarized in the Outline of history and its branch outlines. These are in turn is part of Wikipedia's outline system which is one of Wikipedia's main contents systems. Please see the article Outline of history. Please look this over and fill-in missing topics.If Wikipedia has an article or article section about those topics, please add links to them.

While analyzing the outline, please answer the following questions (and fix the outline as needed):

  • What's missing? Is the structure of the outline (sections and indents) representative of the subject? Does the outline help understand the relationships between the topics presented in the best way possible?

The overall purpose of the outline is to help readers comprehend the subject by showing what belongs to it, and within the subject what belongs to what.The outline is a taxonomy of the subject, and also serves as a table of contents and navigation aid to browse Wikipedia's articles (and article sections) about the subject.

It is also a useful tool for the WikiProject to analyze, plan, develop, and revise history-related material. It is a hub from which to organize historical topics.

It was built as a "reverse outline", a structural model of an existing work, which in addition to being a summary of the work, can reveal the gaps and other weaknesses for revision purposes.Please help improve it. It's our bird's eye view.Thank you.


Most articles within Category:History and its sub-categories are within our scope. There are already several other history projects with more specific scopes so the majority of our work is on articles that do not seem to fall into other projects' scopes. For further clarification:

  • Articles with a "History" section, however long, are not in our scope
  • "History of..." articles are within our scope

As of 28 May 2022, there are 39,147 articles within the scope of WikiProject history, of which 310 are featured. This makes up 0.6% of the articles on Wikipedia and 3.08% of featured articles and lists. Including non-article pages, such as talk pages, redirects, categories, etcetera, there are 119,758 pages in the project.

The list of history topics lists of basic history topics are some articles that are in this project's scope. The latter list is not intended to be a comprehensive treatment of the subject, but rather an overview. The Lists of topics are intended to be comprehensive and to include links to every article related to the subject on Wikipedia. See List of mathematics topics and List of psychology topics as examples.

A number of lists and meta-lists are maintained in Wikipedia:

Lists and outlinesEdit

The list of basic history topics is intended to provide an overview of the coverage of history on Wikipedia. It is rapidly becoming one of the best history browsing tools on Wikipedia. The List of history topics page provides a history link for every subject for which there is a list on that page, still has some redlinks. Some of those redlinks can be edited to point to existing article sections (in the main article for the corresponding subject), while the rest need articles or sections created so that they can be pointed to them.

See also: Wikipedia:Timeline standards

Source for the sub-sections below: Wikipedia:WikiProject History/Collaboration

Tasks for ProjectEdit

Peer review requestsEdit

This is from the page: User:AnomieBOT/C/History peer reviews

Article alertsEdit

Generated by bot as per Wikipedia:Article alerts.

To watch the page for Article alerts, please add this page to your watchlist: Wikipedia:WikiProject History/Article alerts

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Project staff and working groupsEdit

The goal of this project is to serve as an active resource, where other editors can seek help or get questions answered, or get help with any topical efforts they may be working on. and also, at some point, we will try to resume various basic wikiproject tasks such as article assessment, working on group projects. to that end, we may create some sort of list here of active volunteers, or editors, or just anyone who can occasionally take a little time to answer questions, help with various tasks and efforts.

Project CoordinatorsEdit

WikiProject personnel

For purposes of helping coordinate project activities, the users listed below have indicated a willingness to perform such functions.

Please feel free to contact them directly if you have questions regarding this project which either haven't been responded to here or regarding any other matters you believe are relevant to this project.


Coordinators. The coordinators are generally responsible for maintaining all of the procedural and administrative aspects of the project, and serve as the designated points-of-contact for procedural issues. They are not, however, endowed with any special executive powers.


  • Coordinators. The primary responsibility of the regular coordinators for the WikiProject, as well as the page coordinators, are the maintenance and housekeeping work involved in keeping the project and its internal processes running smoothly; this includes a variety of tasks, such as keeping the announcement and open task lists updated, overseeing the assessment and review processes, managing the proposal and creation of task forces, and so forth.
There is fairly little involved that couldn't theoretically be done by any other editor, of course, in only a few places have the coordinators been explicitly written into a process, but since experience suggests that people tend to assume that someone else is doing whatever needs to be done, it has proven beneficial to formally delegate responsibility for this administrative work to a specified group.
The coordinators also have several additional roles. They serve as the project's designated points of contact, and are explicitly listed as people to whom questions can be directed in a variety of places around the project. In addition, they have (highly informal) roles in leading the drafting of project guidelines, overseeing the implementation of project decisions on issues like category schemes and template use, and helping to resolve disputes and keep discussions from becoming heated and unproductive.
  • Page Coordinators. Page coordinators can do the roles above as well, but they do so mainly as facilitators to keep the page itself formatted and up to date, to facilitate discussion here on this page to proceed smoothly, and to encourage a full and free exchange of useful and helpful information to occur on the pages of this WikIProject.
  • Key editors. these are highly skilled and experienced editors, who play a key role in editing or improving important topical areas related to history. they are available to answer any questions. they have concurred with the overall structure and direction of this WikiProject.
  • Working Group Coordinators. These coordinate any of one or more of the four core working groups for this WikiProject. "Working Groups" are defined as groups that correlate with the widely-accepted core functions of all WikiProjects, throughout Wikipedia; the existence of these Working Groups is on a semi-permanent basis, regardless of whether they have any members or not.
  • Task Force Coordinators. These coordinate any of one or more of the Task Forces for this WikiProject. Task Forces are centered around a specific task that pertains either to the core subject area, or some specific task or project, that is specific to the WikiProject itself. they can change, be created, or dissolved, based on the changing needs and activities of the WikiProject. therefore, for WikiProject History, there are some task forces that are centered upon historical topics, others upon historical eras, and various others for sundry types of areas. these are subject to continual change and development, as the project itself may dictate.
  • Assistant Coordinators. Editors who fulfill specific roles to assist coordinators in specific project areas and tasks.

Supplemental rolesEdit

  • WikiProject Members. Editors who are active members of this WIkiProject.
  • WikiProject Volunteers. Editors who volunteer to help with specific efforts or activities at this WikiProject.
  • WikiProject Liaisons. Editors or coordinators from other Wikiprojects.
  • Admin Partners. Admins who serve in a supporting role to regularly communicate to provide assistance as needed.
  • Project Consultants. These are any editors who seek to provide input or assistance to the project on a periodic basis, but do not seek to take on any administrative duties here. so these could include coordinators or editors from other WikiProjects who wish to help out, any experienced editors, any admins who wish to help out or, or absolutely any other interested editors at all, regardless of their experience, who simply wish to provide their input or assistance, at any time, and wish to volunteer for some support role here to do so.

Working GroupsEdit

Working Groups at WikiProject History:


The Assessment Working Group finds historical articles for the first time and rates them on quality and importance scales.
Current active members:

(Please feel free to add your name to join!!)


The Collaboration working group serves to improve articles that have been assessed by the assessment department by assigning large groups of editors to improve those articles. Help can be requested for an article you are working on or you have found abandoned. A list of open tasks can also be found in a section above.

Current active members: None.

(Please feel free to add your name to join!!)


The Review working group carries out peer reviews on historical articles and nominates articles for good and featured status. It also carries out A-Class reviews on articles within our scope. Current active members:

(Please feel free to add your name to join!!)


The Outreach working group acts as a central location for various member outreach work, including project newsletters, recruitment and welcoming banners, and other related initiatives. Current active members:

(Please feel free to add your name to join!!)

Informal subgroupsEdit

Informal subgroups are any individual subgroup that any editor wishes to set up, on an informal or formal basis, for the purpose of gathering any group of editors together. This will be to enable editors to form their own subgroups for working with and communicating with other editors, but without taking on the formal roles and responsibilities of an official task force.

These subgroups could be formed based on any criteria at all. so any editor could form a subgroup for communicating with editors who are new to this topical area. or it could be an informal group for brainstorming ideas for a particular topic, or a particular editing drive, or group effort, or for a specific effort to delve into a particular topic, or to set up a single new article or set of articles, or for any other reason.

Our reason for setting up this new type of subgrouping is simple; history is a very broad and varied field. We would like to encourage all editors to take an active role here, as much as they might wish. so if you wish to set up any such subgroup, please feel free to post a notice on the talk page. We will be glad to help to promote any such efforts here. thanks!!

Task forcesEdit

Task forces are where the major work of the WikiProject gets done.

We will have Task Forces set up here to write about each of the topical areas covered by WikiProject History.

Please choose a Task Force below that matches the area that you most wish to work on. If you don't see an area listed that you want to work on, then please feel free to simply add it. thanks!!!!

Sub-page for Task Force information: Wikipedia:WikiProject History/Task forces

Task Forces by eraEdit

TF Contemporary History
TF Ancient History
TF Medieval History
TF Renaissiance
TF Early modern history
TF Late modern history

Task forces by subject areaEdit

  • Political history
    • Members
    • Covers political history as an area and as an ongoing topical subject for ongoing development. Please note, "political history" is a broad phrase; it refers to the central flow of history itself, as it pertains to the changes in society in general, as well as politics, and government, which most affect society, countries, world politics, and world history as a whole.
by delineating this as a subject area, we can enable editors to give this area specific attention, separate, apart, and unique from other established areas of history, all of which also receive broad and extensive coverage here at Wikipedia.


WikiProject History maintains a number of userboxes:

 This user is a member of WikiProject History.
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WikiProject History.
 This user is a member of WikiProject History.

Outreach and membership listEdit


If you want to post the photo from the logo for WikiProject History, you can do so using this text: [[Image:MontreGousset001.jpg|x45px]]. this image will appear in line, as it does here.  


Project banner

The banner {{WikiProject History}} should be added to the talk pages of all relevant articles.

WikiProject History (Rated Project-class)
 This article is within the scope of WikiProject History, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of the subject of History on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
  Project  This article has been rated as Project-Class on the project's quality scale.

Infobox Historical Event

The Infobox {{Infobox historical event}} should be added to the pages of notable events.

{{Infobox historical event}}

Country/Region history

A navbox from Category:History by region navigational boxes should be added to History of a 'x' country pages.

Other useful info boxes and templates can be found in the category: Category:History and events templates.

Articles ShowcaseEdit

History articles by Quality-Class

Featured articlesEdit

A-Class articlesEdit

Good articlesEdit

Former featured articlesEdit

Former good articlesEdit

Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial TeamEdit

Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team release version selections
Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team release version selections

The following articles have been selected for inclusion in one or more release versions of Wikipedia. Please help ensure that these articles remain of the highest possible quality.


The following articles have all been featured in the Main page Did You Know section:


WikiProject History Categories

Every article on a historical topic should be assigned to as specific a sub-category under the Category:History as possible, as well as to any non-history categories to which it belongs. Since Wikipedia has tens of thousands of articles on historical subjects, they shouldn't all be placed directly in Category:History; there is an elaborate hierarchy of historical categories, described here, and only the lowest-level category need be assigned.

Category tree

Organization of Category:History

Category:History contains only the most general articles, such as History and Human history. Other historical articles appear in one or more sub-categories

Category names

The category for the history of the modern nation X should be called "History of X" or "History of the X" and included.

Organization of national historiesEdit

Few nations have neat histories: most have changed name, constitution and boundaries over their history. This section gives advice on creating sub-categories to reflect these changes.

Using the United Kingdom as an example:

Here's an incomplete diagram showing these historical categories and how they relate in the category system:

                                    |                            |
                            History by nation             History by period
                                    |                            |
                         .----------+-----------+    .--.        |
                         |                      |    |  |        |
                   United Kingdom   Republic of Ireland |  Ancient history
                     |  |  |  |                 |       |        |
  .----------+-------+  |  |  `------------+----+       |        |
  |          |       |  |  |               |            |   .----+-----.
  |    Great Britain |  |  `-------.    Ireland <-------'   |          |
  |          |       |  `------.   |       |                |          |
  +----------+-------+---.     |   `----+--'                |    Ancient Rome
  |          |           |     |        |                   |          |
  |       England     Scotland |   Northern Ireland         |          |
  |          |                 |                            |          |
  `-+--------'                 `-----------+----------------+--.       |
    |                                      |                   |       |
  Wales                              Ancient Britain         Roman Britain

(This diagram is far from complete: there is a Category:British Empire, not shown. Category:History of the United Kingdom is in Category:United Kingdom and so on. And there are many sub-categories. But it illustrates the principles.)

Don't over-categorize

Having added an article to, say, Category:Military history of the United Kingdom, there's no need to also add that article to Category:Military history, Category:History of the United Kingdom, Category:United Kingdom or Category:History. The category hierarchy expresses the fact that every article about the military history of the UK is an article about military history and an article about the UK.


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