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Mohandas Gandhi I believed in the concept of satyagraha, or nonviolence. I didn't like the British fashion of the time so I wore homespun. I even convinced other people in my country to do the same. When the British tried to make us eat their salt, we walked to the sea a
Joseph Stalin I was a ruthless Soviet Dictator. I purged my enemies in the Great Purges. I killed many helpless farmers in the Ukraine. Some people even think I killed my wife. Despite all of that, I did help make the Soviet Union an industrial superpower.
Mao Zedong I led the Communist Revolution in China just after World War II. I wanted to keep peoples' minds on the revolution and made them all read a little red book. I closed many schools and universites to remind people that the real heroes in our country were th
Emperor Justinian I was an emperor in the Byzantine Empire. I established a system of law. My wife, Theodora also really liked the church I had built - the Haga Sofia. From our empire, the Eastern Orthodox religion and the Cyrillic alphabet culturally diffused to Russia.
Napoleon Bonaparte I was a short French man who wanted to rule the world. I made a good comeback but still lost eventually. However, while I was leader, I spread the ideas of liberty, equality, and fraternity. I also set up banks, schools, and post offices. I signed the Con
Hammurabi I also wrote a law code for the Babylonians. I believed in "eye for an eye".
Mohammad I started the religion of Islam in the 600's. Many of my followers live in the Middle East, though the most populous nation is actually Indonesia. My believers understand jihad, the Five Pillars, and the Hajj.
Otto von Bismarck I unified Germany using a blood and iron policy. It meant I had to instigate wars with some of our neighbors, but as Machiavelli said, "The end justifies the means." Germany got unified under powerful Prussian control.
Toussaint L'Overture I helped lead a slave rebellion in Haiti. The people had been abused by European colonial powers for a long time. The nationalism of the Haitians led to their success.
Elizabeth I I was not an absolute monarch in England. Known as the "Virgin Queen," I never married nor did I ever have children. I was Protestant and fought with my cousin. I also successfully defeated King Philip of Spain and his whole armada.
Louis XIV I was known as the Sun King. I thought that I was the center of my country, just like the sun is the center of our universe. Too bad the people of France didn't like that I spent all their money on the Palace of Versailles.
Pancho Villa I was like a Robin Hood in Mexico during their revolution. I wanted to rob the rich to give back to the poor. I helped overthrow a corrupt government. Americans hated me. Eventually Mexico got a Constitution and reforms that would last.
Nelson Mandela I was against apartheid in South Africa. Still Alive in 2003. I'm a little older, but still as opinionated. I was the first president of South Africa elected from the general population.
Adolf Htler My fascist friends and I decided that the Jews were not worthy of living, They took all of our money and made Germany broke. We set up concentration camps to rid the world of them and were nearly successful. Allied troops stopped my progress in this regar
Martin Luther I started the Protestant Reformation by nailing my 95 Theses on the door of a church in Wittenburg, Germany.
Christopher Columbus I "discovered" the Americans for Spain, even though I was Italia.
Hernan Cortes I "discovered" a good amount of the American Southwest, including modern day Mexico. My army captured the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan and started years of European oppression of the Mexican natives.
Archduke Franz Ferdinand I was killed in 1914 and that basically instigated the beginning of World War I. I was shot by a Serbian nationalist named Gavrilo Princep.
Galileo Galielei I was a scientist during the Scientific Revolution. I proved Copernicus' idea that the Earth revolves around the sun, and not the other way around. I used my telescope to do this.
John Locke Many people read my books about what government should be like. I was an Enlightenment Philosopher and believed that all people have natural rights. They deserve life, liberty, and property.
Baron de Montesquieu I was also an Enlightenment Philosopher. I thought that the only way for government to not be corrupt was to have three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial. The Americans must have thought I was pretty smart since that is how they set up their
Vladimir Lenin I started the Communist Revolution in Russia. I was orginally exiled from Russia, but I was able to sneak back. I was the head of the Bolsheviks and led the second phase of the Russian Revolution in October of 1917. I established the USSR, the first com
Mikhail Gorbachev I started the policies of glasnost and perestroika in the former Soviet Union (USSR). My policies helped bring down communism in the USSR and I was ousted from power.
Garibaldi, Cavour and Mazzini The brains, pen and the sword of Italian unification in the 1800s
Deng Xioping I was the leader of China who moved it from a command economic system toward a market system. I also wouldn't allow political reform which led to the Tiananmen Square Massacre.
Eleanor Roosevelt I chaired the United Nations committee that wrote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
Saddam Hussein I was the dictator of Iraq and massacred my own people using chemical weapons. I was overthrown from power in 2003 and executed in 2006
Osama bin Laden I was the mastermind of Al Quaeda that led to the September 11th attacks in the United States. I was later hunted and killed.
Jomo Kenyatta and Kwame Nkruma We both were nationalist leaders in Africa after WWII. Kenyatta for Kenya and Nkruma for Ghana
Peter and Catherine the Great We were both Czars of Russia and promoted westernization in our country
Alexander the Great A Greek leader, I spread my influence all over the Mediterranean. I conquered lands from the Mediterranean to the Indus River
Socrates, Plato and Aristotle We were the philosophers during the Golden Age of Greece. One of us said, " A wise person is a person who knows nothing"
Genghis Khan I was the leader of the Mongols and captured land all over Asia.
Adam Smith I wrote the Wealth of Nations about capitalism and believed in laizzafaire or hands off business. My economic system motivated people to work hard.
Karl Marx I wrote the Communist Manifesto. I thought history would be a series of class struggles and that the workers would overthrow their bosses
Fidel Castro I am the former communist leader of Cuba. I led the Cuban Revolution in 1959 and put my brother in charge when I retired.
Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin Leaders of Great Britain, the US and the USSR during WWII called the Big Three. They all met to plan the defeat of Hitler as allies in Yalta.
Created by: malva82