These photos are more than a trip through history. In some cases, they’re joyful and in others, heartbreaking.

A few you may have seen, but these are the photos that don’t typically make it into our history textbooks. Sometimes, it would require too much explanation to set the scene – but some of them change the narrative.

From the depth of emotion that humans are capable of to the atrocities we’re willing to support, these photos also show the lengths humans have gone to get everything from happiness to power. And they also show the winners and the victims along the way – including our planet.

These are the photos your history teacher never showed you.