Print ISBN: 978-1-63700-444-9
# of Pages: 600
# of Volumes: 2
Print List Price: $225
e-ISBN: 978-1-63700-447-0
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Great Lives from History: Autocrats & Dictators

February 2023

Great Lives from History: Autocrats and Dictators features nearly 220 biographies covering a curated selection of autocrats and dictators from throughout history. Each essay has been written or revised specifically for this set, including nearly 50 new entries; biographies represent a cross-section of some of the most notorious- yet-influential individuals ever to have lived, and many biographies offer sidebars focusing on significant, related topics and attributes.

The biographical coverage in Great Lives from History: Autocrats & Dictators is vast. Rulers discussed in this title include:

  • Bashar al-Assad
  • Alexander the Great
  • Attila
  • Hugo Banzer Suarez
  • Paul Biya
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Carol II
  • Fidel Castro
  • Chiang Kai-shek
  • Oliver Cromwell
  • Samuel K. Doe
  • Elizabeth I
  • Alberto Fujimori
  • Genghis Khan
  • Hissene Habre
  • Adolf Hitler
  • Paul Kagame
  • Kim Il-sung
  • Leopold II
  • Gerardo Machado
  • Benito Mussolini
  • Franz von Papen
  • Vladimir Putin
  • Anwar Sadat
  • Jorge Rafael Videla
  • Xi Jingping

Each essay is approximately 1,000-2,000 words in length and displays standard reference top matter offering easy access to the following biographical information: the name by which the subject is best known, a succinct description of each person’s political career, a synopsis of the individual’s historical importance in relation to their autocrats or dictatorial tendencies, indicating why the person is studied today, the most complete dates of birth and death, followed by the most precise locations of these events available.

Each essay concludes with a byline of the contributing writer-scholar. The body of each essay is divided into the following three parts:

  • Early Life provides facts about the individual’s upbringing and the environment in which the person was reared. Where little is known about the person’s early life, historical context is provided.
  • Carrer in Government, the heart of the essay, consists of a straightforward, generally chronological account of how the individual rose through the ranks or otherwise ascended to their eventual autocratic or dictatorial position, and their actions once that position had been attained.
  • Significance provides an overview of the long-range importance of the individual’s importance, be it positive or, as is the case with the majority of those profiled within, profoundly negative. This section sums up why it is important to study this individual.

Appendixes in Great Lives from History: Autocrats & Dictators include a chronological list of entries, a glossary, a general bibliography, a general mediagraphy, and electronic resources. Indexes finish off the work and are divided as such: Geographic Index, Political Title Index, and Subject Index.

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