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World History: Important People

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Bolshevik revolutionary, head of Soviet Communist Party after 1924, and dictador of the Soviet Union from 1928 to 1953. Ruled with an iron fist.
Third ruler of the Mauryan Empire. Converted to Buddhism and attempted to spread Buddhism across India.
Greek general from 334-323BCE who conquered much of Persia. Spread Greek culture across the Middle East.
Revolutionary and leader of peasants in the Mexican Revolution. Hint: Not Pancho Villa.
Member of a prominent family of the Mongol khanate. Conquered much of Central Asia and Iran. Consolidated Sunni Islam as orthodox and his decedents later founded the Mughal Empire in India.
American intellectual, inventor, and politician. Helped negotiate French support in the American Revolution.
Indian statesman who succeeded Ghandi as as the leader of the Indian National Congress. He negotiated the end of British colonial rule and became India's first Prime Minister (1947-1964).
Empress of China and mother of Emperor Guangxi. She supported anti-foreign movements and resisted reforms of the Chinese government.
Ruler of Babylon who conquered many city states in southern and northern Mesopotamia. Best known for his code of laws.
Overthrew French Directory in 1799 and became the French Emperor in 1804. Was defeated and exiled twice.
Ruthless leader of the Mongol Empire from 1206 to 1227.
US President who was popular among frontier residents, urban workers, and small farmers. Was President from 1828 to 1836. Controversially got rid of the Bank of the United States (BUS).
Illustrious sultan of the Mughal Empire from 1556-1605CE. He expanded the empire and favored Hinduism.
Athenian philosopher who taught Plato his great wisdom. Eventually he was executed for his questioning of human behavior and beliefs.
Mexican revolutionary who formed a following in northern Mexico. Fought for the rights of the landless and worked alongside other Mexican revolutionaries.
Chinese navigator who was sent by the Ming ruler on a series of voyages through the Indian Ocean.
Muslim scholar who is the most well traveled of his time.
Radical German nationalist. Led the Nazi Party in the 1920's and became dictador of Germany in 1933. Led Germany through World War 2.
Spanish explorer who led the conquest of the Inca Empire of Peru in 1531-1533. Hint: Last name only
The most important military leader in the struggle for independence in South America. Led military forces in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. Founded Gran Colombia. Hint: Last name only