Great Leaders, Great Tyrants?: Contemporary Views of World Rulers who Made History

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1995 - History - 354 pages
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Can a political leader be effective without being tyrannical? Most biographies tend to treat the tyrannical aspect of a great leader's career as a contradiction to be minimized. This book examines both the creative and tyrannical aspects as the anticipated consequences of the exercise of power. Biographical profiles of 52 major world leaders throughout history feature pro/con essays reflecting contemporary views of the creative and tyrannical aspects of their record. Coverage is global, from Indira Gandhi to Fidel Castro, and spans history from the Egyptian king Akhenaton to Mikhail Gorbachev. Among the leaders profiled are Otto von Bismarck, Oliver Cromwell, Charles de Gaulle, Elizabeth I, Ho Chi Minh, Lenin, Louis XIV, Mao Zedong, Napoleon I, Kwame Nkrumah, Juan Peron, and Tito. All biographies are written by subject specialists. This work encourages critical thinking and debate about the exercise of power.

Coverage is global, from Indira Gandhi to Fidel Castro, and spans history from the Egyptian king Akhenaton to Mikhail Gorbachev. Among the leaders profiled are Otto von Bismarck, Oliver Cromwell, Charles de Gaulle, Elizabeth I, Ho Chi Minh, Lenin, Louis XIV, Mao Zedong, Napoleon I, Kwame Nkrumah, Juan Peron, and Tito. Each biography begins with full name, dates of the leader's lifetime, offices held, and a general introduction placing the leader in historical context. A full biographical essay follows. The editor then presents two essays, in debate format, contrasting the creative and tyrannical roles of the subject from a contemporary viewpoint. Each biography concludes with suggestions for additional reading about the subject. An important resource tool, students will use Great Leaders, Great Tyrants? for debate and critical examination of periods of world history and the exercise of power.

 

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Contents

Akhenaten c 13961360 BCE King of Egypt
1
Ataturk 18811938 President of Turkey
7
Prince Otto Eduard Leopold von BismarckSchonhausen 18151898 Chancellor of Germany
13
Fidel Castro 1926 Cuban Chief of State
20
Catherine the Great 17291796 Empress of Russia
27
Count Camillo Benso di Cavour 18101861 Prime Minister of SardiniaPiedmont and Italy
32
Charles I 16001649 King of England Scotland and Ireland
38
Charles V 15001558 Holy Roman Emperor
45
Ivan Stepanovych Mazepa c 16321709 Hetman of the Ukraine
184
Cosimo de Medici 13891464 Head of the Council of the Republic of Florence
191
Clemens von Metternich 17731859 Chancellor of Austria
197
Napoleon I 17691821 Emperor of the French
203
Napoleon III 18081873 Emperor of the French
209
Kwame Nkrumah 19091972 President of Ghana
215
Julius Kambarage Nyerere 1922 President of Tanzania
221
Juan Domingo Peron 18951974 President of Tanzania
227

Oliver Cromwell 15991658 Lord Protector of the Commonwealth
52
Charles de Gaulle 18901970 President of the French Fifth Republic
58
Elizabeth I 15331603 Queen of England
65
Francisco Franco y Bahamonde 18921975 Spanish Chief of State
72
Franz Joseph I 18301916 Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary
80
Indira Nehru Gandhi 19171984 Prime Minister of India
87
Mikhail Sergeevich Gorbachev 1931 General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
95
Henry VIII 14911547 King of England
102
Herod the Great c 754 BCE King of Judea
109
Toyotomi Hideyoshi 15361598 Supreme Daimyo of Japan
113
Ho Chi Minh 18901969 President of the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam
119
Ivan IV the Terrible 15301584 Grand Prince and Tsar of Moscow
126
Bohdan Zynovyi Khmelnytskyi c 15951657 Hetman of the Ukraine
133
Nikita Sergeevich Khrushchev 18941971 First Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party
140
Pierre Laval 18831945 French Premier
146
V I Lenin 18701924 Russian Head of State
152
Leopold II 18351909 King of the Belgians
159
Louis XIV 16381715 King of France
164
Mao Zedong 18931976 Dictator of the Peoples Republic of China
170
Mary I 15161558 Queen of England
178
Peter the Great 16721725 Emperor of Russia
233
Pheidon c 600 BC King of Argos
242
Philip II of Habsburg 15271598 King of Spain
248
Abd alKarim Oassem 19141963 Ruler of Iraq
255
Qin Shih Huang Di 259210 BC First Emperor of All China
261
Stenka Razin c 16301671 Russian Cossack Rebel
268
Richard II 13671400 King of England
276
Richard III 14521485 King of England
283
Maximilien Robespierre 17581794 Revolutionary Leader in France
289
Joseph Stalin 18791953 General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party
295
Pyotr Arkadevich Stolypin 18621911 Prime Minister of Russia
301
Tito 18921980 Leader of Yugoslavia
307
Trajan 53117 Roman Emperor
314
Vespasian 979 Roman Emperor
320
Wilhelm II 18591941 German Emperor
327
Thomas Wolsey c 14721530 Lord Chancellor of England
334
Index
341
About the Editor and Contributors
351
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ARNOLD BLUMBERG is Professor of History at Towson State University in Maryland.

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