Top 10 Countries with the Best History

The Top Ten
1 Greece Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, is a country in Southeast Europe. It is situated on the southern tip of the Balkans, and is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Greece shares land borders with Albania to the northwest, North Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, and Turkey to the northeast. The Aegean Sea lies to the east of the mainland, the Ionian Sea to the west, and... read more

1. Ancient Greece - first European civilisation and the father of maths, science, English, the Olympics and more!

2. Macedonian Empire - conquered most of what was then the known world (in under a few decades) whilst never losing a battle.

3. Byzantine Empire - lasted for over an entire millennium and spread the Christian Orthodox faith to many countries.

4. Modern-day Greece, - won the 2004 Euros and currently obtains arguably the best military pilots on Earth.

Greece is the birthplace of the entire world!
Everything starts and ends here.
Take a look back in history as regards arts, science, civilization and you can easily thinks and consider it (despite your origin) as one of the most important and influential nations in history of our planet.

Culturally speaking we owe a lot to Greece for revolutionizing the importance of science, art and civilization in general. Plus,Greece had 2 of the strongest empires: Alexander the Great's (Hellenic Empire) which was ridiculously large and could've been larger and the Byzantine Empire or Eastern Roman empire which spanned 1100 years.

2 Italy Italy (Italian: Repubblica Italiana) is a sovereign state and unitary parliamentary republic in south-central Europe.

Italy covers an area of 301,338 km². With almost 62 million inhabitants, it is the third most populous EU member state. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino, and Vatican City. The... read more

The glorious Roman empire and when after that Europe got in the dark age the Renaissance comes up with Italy as leader.

Italy is the place of source in human civilization.

So glad to have Italian and Greek blood!

3 Russia Russia, or the Russian Federation (RF), is a transcontinental country spanning Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It is the largest country in the world by area, covering over 17,125,191 square kilometres (6,612,073 sq mi), and encompassing one-eighth of Earth's inhabitable landmass. Russia extends across eleven time zones and borders sixteen sovereign nations, the most of any country in the world... read more

Russian imperial history is the most fascinating one so far, with changes in power and conflicts rivaling those of George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels.

Ivan the Terrible, Russian Empire, Seven Years War, Napoleonic Wars, World War I, Russian Revolution, Russian Civil War, Communism, World War II, Cold War, etc.
fun to learn even though Russia sucks right now.

4 China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a country in East Asia. It is the world's most populous country, with a population of more than 1.4 billion. China spans five geographical time zones and borders 14 countries, the second most of any country in the world after Russia. Covering an area of approximately 9.6 million square kilometers (3,700,000 sq mi), it is the world's third or fourth... read more

First of all, I hate recent communist china, because I'm a burmese. But I can't argue with the truth that it has one of the greatest history in the world. Start with the Xia dynasty and end with Qing, they have developed so many new cultures along the way, including great inventions. But right after Ming dynasty, there greatness was slowly decaying, up to this day. I think Japanese invasion in WWII is involved in destroying their traction of development. Also western countries were developing so fast after the age of enlightenment, leaving china behind. Truth is I really don't like Chinese people, but their history is very interesting to study.

Totally underrated history. From 5000 years ago till now, China has survived and will continue its history with the similar culture.

From dynasties to revolution to innovation...This country's history has never been told before!

5 Egypt Egypt, officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a transcontinental country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia via a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. It is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Gaza Strip (Palestine) and Israel to the northeast, the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south, and Libya to the west. The Gulf of Aqaba in the northeast... read more

Egypt's history should be the best one,because in Ancient Eygpt they were able to build the Pyramids,they were famous with knowledge and they were the ones who would use Embalming which the world still have no idea how to do it until now.

This is bullcrap. Egypt has hands down best history and basically everything is still there. The US and Russia history is nothing compared to Egypt. All Italy has is Rome, Greece has good history, but Egypt has better. Talking history, Egypt makes France look irrelevat.

Fun fact: Cleopatra lived closer to the opening of McDonalds than the construction of the pyramids.

6 United States of America The United States of America, or the U.S.A. for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence from the British Empire in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence. They won their independence in 1783 with... read more

USA was created on 1700s, no medieval times, no ancient civilization just modern wars and revolution, the only intresting in its history is the American Revolution.

The United states's and its history is really incredible, though I'm American and may be biased, you can't say for really any other country that we broke away from one of the powerful nations in the world at the time, the British empire and were able to become the most powerful country in the entire world within only 200 years.

Honesty, how stupid... a country doesn't need to be around for a long time in order to have an interesting. The US had a very interesting history, since the very start of it's birth (as The US anyhow), so absolutely. You're the joke.

7 France France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. France spans 675,000 km2 (251,000 mi2) and has a total population of 67 million... read more

Honestly, I think France has the best history because of everything from Napoleon to. I don't know how to say it, but it had so much history throughout the years. I personally think it should be higher than this.

France to create two empires which allowed them to dominate half of the western world: the Carolingian Empire and the Napoleonic Empire. On several occasions they made all western countries sit (Philippe le Bel ...) and France is the country which inspired all modern democracy all countries which flaunts a flag which contains blue, red, and white is a flag that pays homage to France (the British flag being an exception).

Since prehistory, with the first-ever buildings built (that we know of) in Brittany and probably the first artistic center ever, Lascaux, to Greek settlements, the origin of the Celts (the Celts originated in central Europe, including what is today Eastern France), to Gauls, Romans, Merovingians, Carolingians (the fathers of modern Europe), Capetians, Valois, Normans, Bourbons, Bonaparte. No matter what historical period you're reading about, throughout history, France has played a role. It's always there. From the early Middle Ages, then it became an absolute first character in World History, in every field. Castles? They were first built in France (wooden motte and bailey castles in Normandy, then stone castles in the Loire Valley and Anjou). Romanesque and Gothic architecture and art? They first developed in France. Photography and cinema? France, again. The first men to successfully fly? The Montgolfier brothers. Tennis? First known as jeu de paume. Cycling? France. Football? Go check what Soule was. And that's nothing. The thing is, there is not enough time to describe all that France has given us. We could spend words and words, pages, books about all this nation has done and all the people it has given us, from Monet to Louis XIV, from Napoleon to Victor Hugo, from Voltaire to Charlemagne, from Delacroix to Blaise Pascal. The names and the artworks and the buildings and the inventions are endless. France at the 7th place is ridiculous. Greek and Italian histories are indeed some of the greatest in the world, but they were discontinuous. Greece's best moment was Ancient Greece, then it came back as the Byzantine Empire, and pretty much, that's it. The same thing for Italy: Rome, Barbarians, dominations by everyone in the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, and that's it. China and India also deserve to be in one of the first places. Russia and the US? Come on, they should be like 20th or something; they don't even come close to any of these countries. But... more

8 Germany Germany was formally united in 1871 under the initiative of Bismarck with King Wilhelm of Prussia as emperor. The previous 'Holy Roman Empire', basically a continuation of the empire of Charlemagne/Karl der Grosse was dissolved in 1806.

Some territory was lost after World War 1 and a lot more after World War 2, basically started by Hitler's Nazi dictatorship. Then the Soviets kept their zone - the 'DDR', East Germany, separate with a wall through the middle of Berlin, until 1990 when the country was reunited. ...read more.

I think it's Germany because Germany has history dating back to the roman empire where it stand against the invaders. Also, Germany's story really began with Otto Von Bismarck one of the best strategists in history, he tricked France into declaring war on Prussia and then afterwards occupy Paris, things that even the british had trouble to do! He did that in 6 months!

The best for applying the terror, for that reason European Union has been founded, to keep calm Germany.

9 India India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world. Its capital is New Delhi. Some other major cities are Mumbai, Chennai, and Ahemdabad. The most spoken languages are Hindi and English, but there are 22 official Indian languages... read more

India is the mother of all civilizations. When every civilization was building itself, India's glory was at its peak. In Indian text the seers and sages don't talk years, decades or millennia.. they talk eons. To top it all what indian texts considered by many modern philosophers to be work of poetry or mythology, are getting scientific validations with modern science. The temples and buildings that we see in India are so sophisticated that even modern tools and machinery cannot build many of those structures. India is not a nation, it's the very last piece of world history that is remaining on this planet. It is the responsibility of each person on this planet to own this piece of history and preserve it because it reaches to each one of us in some way.

India's history is just half-known to us. Its riches have been stolen, impressive temples have been destroyed. India is also home to many inventions and many more great astronomers, mathematicians, and philosophers. India's temples and other ancient buildings are so mindblowing, that archeologists have no idea how it was possible to build them! Take the Kailashnath temple in Ellora for example. It's a rock-cut monument that involved carving an entire temple-in just one giant rock! Archeologists say that building this monument at the present day would take more than a hundred years, if not near to impossible. In reality, it took just 18 years. This fact leaves me absolutely speechless.

10 Turkey Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country in Eurasia, mainly in Anatolia in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries with Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan and Iran to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the south. The... read more

They have thousands of years of history and culture. They founded the most powerful empire in history. They ruled the world for hundreds of years.This empire was a secular empire, and they ruled a hundreds-year-old empire with many races, cultures, languages and religions. They established the foundations of the modern world with many inventions. For example, they made the first robot (Cezeri), they were the first flying (Hazerfen Ahmet Celebi), they drawn the first world map (Piri Reis), they invented the cannon (Fatih Sultan Mehmet), they invented the vaccine. Also they developed the best foods.

The land, Anatolia or Asia Minor, on which the modern country of Turkey is founded today has arguably the most unmatched and amazing history of the entire world. From the Hittites to Trojans; from Greeks to Turks, Hellenism, Christianity Judaism, and Islam, no other land on our planet has such a diverse cultural heritage today--each of which has visible reflections on modern Turkish cuisine and traditions today.

It is the birthplace of Hellenism, home to numerous "firsts" of human civilization (including the first-ever city of the world, Catalhoyuk; the first-ever known temple of the world, Gobeklitepe; the first-ever university of the world; the first written armistice of human history, etc etc).

Turkey for instance has more ancient Greek cities than Greece and more ancient Roman cities than Italy. The great kings, saints, emperors, and warriors, even Virgin Mary, who walked on the land of Anatolia all left their trances and memories in that land.

History, as we know it, has started on what is today Turkey.

The Contenders
11 United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly shortened to United Kingdom, UK or Britain is a Sovereign State located of the Northwestern coast of Europe. It is a Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy currently lead by Monarch Queen Elizabeth II and its current prime minister is Boris Johnson. The UK is a Unitary State consisting of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland... read more

Wow! The fact that America is above us on this list is crazy. When it comes to history, they are practically brand new. The UK is above most Countries by far, in terms of history. Only Greece, Egypt, and possibly France can rival us. Anyone else is way off. We had the biggest empire this world has ever known. We fought, and have the blood of the Vikings, Romans, Saxons, French, etc. Without us declaring war on Germany in WW2 the world would be a different place. English is one of the, or the top language learnt and spoken. We have 2000 years of history. We practically made America. If it wasn't for the french coming to their aid in the revolutionary war, they would be speaking proper English. Not broken English. And before anyone starts moaning. We would've never surrendered against the Germans in WW2.

We are clearly the greatest county of all time. We saved the world twice in the World Wars as if it wasn't for us Germany would have become too powerful. We had the biggest empire the world has ever seen, the empire was truly great and we truly abolished slavery, not America. Our language is the most spoken in the world and we have had the greatest inventions e.g, electricity, the internet etc. The industrial revolution was started by the British. We are also the country that hasn't
been invaded for the longest period of time, since 1066, almost a thousand years.

12 Australia Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. With an area of 7,617,930 square kilometres (2,941,300 sq mi), Australia is the largest country by area in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country. Australia is the oldest, flattest, and driest inhabited continent, with the least fertile soils. It is a megadiverse country, and its size gives it a wide variety of landscapes and climates, with deserts in the centre, tropical rainforests in the north-east, and mountain ranges in the south-east.

Many people call Australia a 'young' country because it was 'discovered' in 1770. Wrong.

The culture of the indigenous Australians is 40,000 years old, the oldest in the world. If that's not history, I don't know what is.

Also, what the heck is the USA doing at 3, they are only 500-odd years old, this list is obviously influenced by stronger countries.

Criminals and aboriginals turned gold miners, shearers, and criminals (bush Rangers) turned soldiers turned athletes and inventors, what's not to like.

13 Mongolia Mongolia is a landlocked unitary sovereign state in East Asia. Its area is roughly equivalent with the historical territory of Outer Mongolia, and that term is sometimes used to refer to the current state.

Xiongnu Empire, Xianbei Empire, Rouran Khaganate, Gokturk Empire, Uighur Khaganate, Khitan Empire, Mongol Empire, Yuan Dynasty, Golden Horde, Ilkhanate, Chagatai Khanate, Northern Yuan Dynasty, Dzungaria Khanate, Bogd Khanate, Socialist Mongolia existed in today's Mongolian plateau. The historical role of Mongols in the formation of today's Russia and China is great. Bat Khan conquered Eastern Europe and united the scattered Slavic Russian principalities, which later became the basis for the establishment of a unified Russian state. During the Yuan Dynasty, Kublai Khan conquered the whole of China and united it under one banner. It defined the scope of the later Qing Dynasty and today's China.

The Mongol Empire was the largest empire in the world.

14 Ireland Formed in 1916 after the Easter uprising, Ireland is a small country with a population of roughly 5 million.

I think Ireland is in a good place because we have a very good Celtic culture that very few other nations have. But as an Irish person I have to admit that we didn't practice it a lot around the times we were under the control of Britain. Honestly the reason we are independent to day was probably the revival of our culture a hundred years ago. If it wasn't for Celtic revival are Irish language and heritage might have disappeared. Just saying if we lost are culture we would probably have British culture and still be part of the United Kingdom. GOD BLESS IRELAND

15 Japan Japan is an island country in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean. It lies off the eastern coast of the Asia Mainland (east of China, Korea, Russia) and stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and near Taiwan in the southwest.

Japan has a huge capital city called Tokyo, other cities in Japan include Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Osaka, Nagoya and Sendai. It's close to South Korea,... read more

Extremely productive, ingenious, and culturally rich nation, with a long history of art, invention, and empire.

16 Iran Iran, also known as Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a sovereign state in Western Asia. The capital city is Teheran and the major city is also Tehran. The country's official language is Persian.

Iran is home to one of the world's oldest civilizations, beginning with the formation of the Elamite kingdoms in the fourth millennium BC. The country's rich cultural legacy is reflected... read more

Iran's impact on the world is truly unmatched. The Cyrus cylinder is the first inscription of human right which was written 2500 BC!!!! Slavery was forbidden and freedom of religion existed. Also, women and men were treated as equals.  Cyrus the Great (founder of the Achaemenid empire) In the Jewish bible, he is said to be a prophet because he freed the Jews in babylon.  The Achaemenid empire spanned from India to parts of Egypt. And that's not everything. They have had many other great empires like the Parthian empire who was in war with the Romans for over 700 years.  The Sassanid empire and Sassavid empire. They have invented the fridge, guitar, polo, chess, modern medicine, windmills, battery, algebra, alcohol, backgammon, postal service, human rights, irrigation, and they had the first monotheistic religion named Zoroastrianism.  

one of the oldest countries in the world. Persia has such a rich culture and history. If Greece is #1, then Iran should be at least top 5.

17 Poland Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe, bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine and Belarus to the east; and the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad Oblast (a Russian exclave) and Lithuania to the north. With a population of approximately 38.5 million people, Poland is the sixth most populous member state of the European Union... read more

Polish people have gone through a lot, after the Russian/Soviet Communists attacking Poland, and also in WWII the Germans and Hitler slaying them, it's been a hard time for the Polish, but still they've managed to stand up and be strong. By the way this is coming from a Turk.

Majority of their history was war and they were good at war.
Actual juggernaut of Europe, it took 3 major powers to put end to those Legends

Poland has a rich and enduring culture that has withstood numerous invasions, persecutions, and setbacks. This explains how Poland managed to rise from the ashes and become a strong nation even after being wiped off the map for 123 years.

Furthermore, Poland's culture has the power to unite different states and create a powerful country such as the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, which was the largest country in Europe for more than two centuries.

Polish culture places great value on freedom, which is evident in Poland's many historical achievements. For example, Poland was the first country in Europe to adopt a democratic constitution, the first to halt the Ottoman invasion and Bolshevik revolution, the first to resist the Germans in 1939, and the first to free itself from communism in 1989.

18 Spain Spain, or the Kingdom of Spain, is a country in southwestern Europe with parts of territory in the Atlantic Ocean and across the Mediterranean Sea. The largest part of Spain is situated on the Iberian Peninsula; its territory also includes the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla, and several minor overseas... read more

Just for starters, if you want to evaluate the importance of a country, try to imagine the world WITHOUT it. Japan, Turkey, Germany, are great, but our present world cannot be undeestood without England, China, Rome, Persia, Greece, Spain, Arabia, India, Russia… those countries/empires that shaped continents.

Biggest empire ever!

19 Croatia Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia (independence since 1991), is a sovereign state at the crossroads of Central Europe, Southeast Europe, and the Mediterranean. Its capital city is Zagreb. It is a member of the European Union. During the Cold War it was part of Yugoslavia. It is a cultural ...read more.
20 Portugal Portugal (est.1152), officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country located mostly on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost country of mainland Europe, bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain. Its territory also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, both autonomous regions with their own regional... read more

Once the mightiest empire of the world, they discovered half the known world. Pioneers of the Golden Age. One of the richest histories Earth has ever seen. Proud military history. August 1385. Aljubarrota Battle. 7000 portuguese vs 30000 Spanish. Guess who won...

Discovered more than half of the known world.

Once the world's greatest empire!

21 Hungary Hungary is a sovereign state in Europe. It is situated in the Carpathian Basin and is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Romania to the east, Serbia to the south, Croatia to the southwest, Slovenia to the west, Austria to the northwest, and Ukraine to the northeast.

Hungarian history encompasses the history of countless attacks and eras of war on Europe. Because of Hungary's role in defending Europe from foreign adversaries, they have a unique part of all these different cultures and invasions.

I'm from hungary and when I heard the history I just fall in love int it!

It's just cool

22 Denmark Denmark is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It is the most populous and politically central constituent of the Kingdom of Denmark, a constitutionally unitary state that includes the autonomous territories of the Faroe Islands and Greenland in the North Atlantic Ocean. European Denmark is the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries, lying southwest of Sweden, south of Norway, and north of Germany. ...read more.

Ah, home to the greatest vikings... the great heathen army is the only comment I need to leave

I love denmark, lets take over russia and make it danish!

23 Netherlands The Netherlands, informally Holland, is a country located in north-western Europe with overseas territories in the Caribbean. It is the largest of four constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands consists of twelve provinces, and borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, with a North Sea coast-line to the north and west. It shares maritime borders with the United Kingdom, Germany, and Belgium in the North Sea. The country's official language is Dutch, with West Frisian as a secondary official language in the province of Friesland. Dutch Low Saxon and Limburgish are recognised regional languages, while Dutch Sign Language, Sinte Romani, and Yiddish are recognised ...read more.

Its amazing mate so much rich storys about hugo and his book chest to the rival re with spain its amazing!

24 Romania Romania is a sovereign state located in Southeastern Europe It borders the Black Sea, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Hungary, Serbia, and Moldova. It has an area of 238,391 square kilometres and a temperate-continental climate. With over 19 million inhabitants, the country is the seventh-most-populous member state of the European Union. Its capital and largest city, Bucharest, is the sixth-largest city in the EU, with 1,883,425 inhabitants as of 2011. Romania derives from the Latin romanus, meaning "citizen of Rome". The first known use of the appellation was attested in the 16th century by Italian humanists travelling in Transylvania, Moldavia, and Wallachia
25 Mexico Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a federal republic located in North America. The country is located between the U.S. and Central America, and is known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts, and jungles.
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