Top 10 Countries with the Best History

The Top Ten
1 Greece Greece Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, also known since ancient times as Hellas is a country located in southeastern Europe.

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.

Greeks were mega chads. Spartans had their culture embedded into physical activity, the ancient greeks built the foundation of democracy (don't know if that's good), greek mythology was borrowed by the cosmopolitan romans and is still interesting to this day (probably the most iconic paganism). Moving to the future, the Kingdom of Macedon at its peak by Alexander the Great is overrated in my opinion, but he was the most handsome and powerful man in the world. Though his death was tragic, his story is interesting, as well as his legacy. The Hellenistic Period wasn't all that interesting in my opinion. Moving onto the middle ages, the birth of the byzantine empire wasn't all that fun, but the greeks sustained as amongst the longest surviving empires in the entire world. Greek cataphracts, the macedonian dynasty, the komnenian restoration, all of those are interesting. Greeks abandoning their ancient culture for imperialism and christianity was disappointing however.

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 Italy, in italian Repubblica Italiana, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. ...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!

Best history ever

3 United States of America 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 ...read more.

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.

America could of had Canada in the revolution and it could of had Mexico in the Mexican American war but they didn't take it. look it up yourself. It also broke away from one of the greatest empires ever.

Although USA is my favorite country. The history is short compared to other countries.

4 Russia 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 ...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.

5 China 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 ...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!

It has one of the best histories no doubt. Many emperors, many inventions, many states and wars has shaped this country to be one of my most favourite ones! Don't at me not even USA can beat this :)

6 Egypt 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.

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.

7 France 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 ...read more.

Since prehistory, with the first ever buildings ever built (that we know of) in Brittany and probably the first artistic centre ever, Lascaux, to Greeks settlements, the origin of the Celts (the Celts originated in central Europe, including what is today Eastern France), to Gauls, Romans, Merovingiens, Carolingians (the fathers of modern Europe), Capetingiens, 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 the 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 architectures 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. ...more

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).

You cannot find a country that influenced the world as France did: ideas, music, culture, literature, army, architecture, democracy etc.
One the older country in the world, built by blood and wars, amazing.
Should be number one.

History of france started around 600 ad, and even before the history is so rich with a lot of creative inventions and ideas. Its for sure one of the richest history.

8 India 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. ...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.

Should easily be in top 3. Birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism. Birthplace of Chess, Polo, "Arabic" number system, plastic surgery, sewage system, etc.

5000 years of continuing civilization, most ancient civilizations like Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persians, Greeks, Romans, etc. have disappeared or changed far too much to be recognizable as the same thing, but Ancient India still survives to the modern-day. India and its culture still survives. India is the longest continuing civilization and culture on Earth. Indian history ranges from the Indus-Saraswati to the Vedas to many empires such as Magadha, Maurya, Guptas, Harsha, Rashtrakutas, Palas, Gurjar-Pratiharas, Cholas, Vijayanagar, Marathas, etc. There is also vast amounts of literature, art-forms, dance-forms, theater, architectural styles, temples, forts, palaces, holy places and pilgrimages, natural wonders; exploring India through its history will take a life-time.

I think its India because of the struggles we had to do against British. How a golden birds became devastated in fires of infinity. So its India. History is the proof.

9 Germany 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. ...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.

10 Turkey 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, ...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 ...more

They have established great states since the Xiongnu (Asian Hun, Proto Turkish tribe), their culture is very rich and they are very good at war. I love their history

Very incredible history, from Seljuks to Ottomans and Republic of Turkey.

The Contenders
11 United Kingdom 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 ...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.

Absolute crap. Our history is so vast and amazing and can only be compared to countries such as Greece and Italy no other country especially the US which has hasn't even been the USA for very long, its history is nothing compared to ours!

Created the modern world in almost every sense from the creation and spread of parliamentary democracy and the modern worlds global language, to the standard laws on property and capitalist economy.

12 Japan 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. ...read more.

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

13 Iran 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. ...read more.

It should be number one. The country had many empires(at least 10 empire) to witch any country would be lucky to even have one. They became the rulers of the middle east for a good 2000 years and had culture and technologie to back them up in every aspect of their being. They were conquering civilisations while the rest of the world were still nomads. Lets not even mention Cyrus The Great and his foundation of humain rights.

Very unfair and superficial ranking! The history of the Greater Iran (known as Persia), is intertwined with the history of a greater region comprising the area from Anatolia, the Bosphorus, and Egypt in the west to the borders of Ancient India and the Syr Darya in the east.Iran is home to one of the world's oldest continuous major civilizations, with historical and urban settlements dating back to 7000 because.

Iran is one of the oldest countries in the world. You could go to Louvre Museum in Paris and see the number of Iranian objects and their dates. The Iranians are very hospitable and warm.

Persia shares almost the same history as Greece. It should at lest have the second best history in this list.

14 Poland 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 ...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.

Poland created strong and deep culture that was able to withstand countless invasions, persecutions, and total distractions. That explains why Poland did not exist on the map for 123 years but was able to rise from the ashes like Phoenix.

Poland also created culture that was able to bring together different states into the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth that was the biggest country in Europe for more than two centuries.

Polish culture values freedom and for this reason, Poland was the first country in Europe to adopt a democratic constitution, the first country to stop Ottoman invasion and Bolshevik revolution, the first country to fight Germans in 1939, and the first country to free itself from communism in 1989

The Polish Hussars are the greatest cavalry force in history, they were truly invincible. It also once was the biggest country in all of europe with Lithuania.

Actually, Lithuania and Mongolia was the only countries which could have Moscow.

15 Spain 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 ...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!

16 Portugal 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 ...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!

Pioneers of the Golden Age!

17 Hungary 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.
18 Denmark 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 ...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!

19 Romania 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 ...read more.
20 Netherlands 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 ...read more.

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

21 Mongolia 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.

The Mongol Empire was the largest empire in the world.

22 Mexico 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.
23 Ireland 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

24 Australia 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 ...read more.

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.

25 Iceland Iceland Iceland is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean and the most sparsely populated country in Europe. Iceland's capital and largest city is Reykjavík, which (along with its surrounding areas) is home to over 65% of the population. Iceland is the only part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that ...read more.

The geography is amazing! Called the land of fire and ice it is one of the countries that has developed the best. Safe and secure, people are nice and the economy is pretty good overall

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