The Most Important Leaders in World History

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For good or for bad, our leaders can be powerful forces for change in the world. But who are the most impaction people to ever hold prominent positions of power? This is a list of the most important and influential leaders in the history of the world.

Who are the most important world leaders? Anyone can vote on this definitive list of the men and women who shaped our civilization – for better or worse – making it a collaborative list of the greatest leaders of all time.

Visionaries, pragmatists, conquerors, and humanitarians all share this list. Rank these famous world leaders in terms of importance and add anyone you see missing. But remember: the most influential leaders (those who changed the face of world politics and forever altered their own countries) weren't necessarily good leaders. Some famous conquerors changed the world but let destruction in their wake. Others actually worked for the good of their people and became the great leaders in history.

So, who are the historical leaders that left their permanent mark (for good or bad)? Find out below!
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    Lead to the unification of Germany in 1871, and first chancellor of the German Empire.

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    Important Russian Tsar from 1682 - 1721, enforced the Europeanisation of Russia. Maybe the greatest Tsar ever.

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    Moses is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History


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    Brave Viking explorer, discovered Vinland (America) in circa 1000 AD.

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    Great German King, stopped the Magyar invasion of Europe in 955. Founder of the Holy Roman Empire in 962.

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    Great English king and Duke of Normandy in the 12th century, glorious crusader, scored much great victories against Muslim armies.

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    Turned the tide in the endless wars for Germanic independence against the Roman suppressors with his great victory in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in the year 9.

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    The Shadow of God and The Great Khan

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    Founder of the Second German Empire. Together with his Minister President Bismarck he united Prussia and the North-Western principalities to the North German Confederation in 1866. Five years later, the North German Confederation

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    Great Swedish king, turned the tide in the 30 years war for the protestant side.

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    Hazrat Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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    Hazrat Muhammad

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