Who�s Who in World History?
Throughout world history, individuals have arisen who have influenced the course of events; changed the flow and sequence of history. And while it has often been argued that these very individuals have themselves been influenced by the forces of historical events and currents, it is nonetheless accurate to view these influential individuals like dams and canals that alter the very flow of the current.
Can you imagine the end of apartheid without Mandela? Certainly, the historical record would have been quite different. Or could you imagine the French Revolution without Robespierre? Would Napoleon have risen to power to restore order and stability if the Reign of Terror had never existed? Yes, the individual can and often does influence and alter the flow of history. From the pen of a Karl Marx to the boycott of a Mohandas Gandhi, individuals alter the human story.
Of course, there is no greater way to understand the influential individual than to examine his words. By presenting learners access to the very words of influential individuals, learners are able to intimately explore the inner workings of history�s significant minds. But as Francis Bacon once said, �Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.� Yes, by presenting learners access to the great words of influential men and women who altered the course of historical events, learners can weigh and consider whether the ideas and actions of influential individuals have positively or negatively impacted world history. Learners can understand in greater depth the significance of these individuals. Learners can answer fundamental questions about Who�s Who in World History.
~ A Collaborative Project by Elizabeth Napp and Barbara Ammirato