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The Most Important Leaders in World History

List Criteria: Note: "Most important" or "most influential" does not equal "best"

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 in human history.

Visionaries, pragmatists, conquerors, and humanitarians all share this list. Rank them in terms of importance and add anyone you see missing. So, who are the most impacting world leaders in history?
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    most listed Alexander The Great

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    1769

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    1732

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    1809

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    1874

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    ranked low on reranks 1881

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    added by Polar Bear Joan of Arc Turned the tide in the Hundred Years' War. Was burned by the British suppressors. French ...

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    added by DaleGribble 1815 Lead to the unification of Germany in 1871, and first chancellor of the German Empire.

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    1533

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    1918

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    Martin Luther King Jr.

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1889

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    ranked low on reranks 1743

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    added by Polar Bear Arminius Turned the tide in the endless wars for Germanic independence against the Roman suppressors ...

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    added by Polar Bear Richard I. of England Great English king and Duke of Normandy in the 12th century, glorious crusader, scored much ...

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    ranked low on reranks 1706

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    Sultan Mehmed II

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    added by Polar Bear Leif Ericson Brave Viking explorer, discovered Vinland (America) in circa 1000 AD.

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    added by Polar Bear William I., German Emperor Founder of the Second German Empire. Together with his Minister President Bismarck he united ...

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    added by Polar Bear Otto I the Great, Holy Roman Emperor Great German King, stopped the Magyar invasion of Europe in 955. Founder of the Holy Roman ...

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    added by Polar Bear 1672 Important Russian Tsar from 1682 - 1721, enforced the Europeanisation of Russia. Maybe the ...

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1878

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    1917

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    added by ozgursuer Suleyman The Magnificent The Shadow of God and The Great Khan

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    added by kismarton0707 atilla the hun

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    added by Polar Bear Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor Great Habsburg king and emperor, established the Habsburg dynasty in Spain.

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    added by Polar Bear Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden Great Swedish king, turned the tide in the 30 years war for the protestant side.

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    added by AkbarAliParyani UMAR IBN AL KHATTAB

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    added by Polar Bear Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor Ruler of the Holy Roman and the Spanish Empire during the time of the Conquistadores. Ruled ...

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Polar Bear Eric the Red Great viking explorer. Founded the first European settlement in Greenland.

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Polar Bear 1670 Great and strong ruler of Saxony and King of Poland since 1697, patronizer of culture and ...

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    1792

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    added by Polar Bear Theoderic the Great Great Ostrogothic king, defeated Italian king Odoacer. Temporary united Ostrogoths and ...

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    added by Polar Bear Dmitry Donskoy Defeated the Tatars at the Battle of Kulikovo in 1380. First step of the liberation of the ...

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    added by Polar Bear T. E. Lawrence of Arabia British Army officer, led the Arabian revolt against the Ottoman suppressors.

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    added by Polar Bear Philip II of Macedon

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1893

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