Post Date: 7th Jul, 2015 - 10:51pm
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(Nighthawk @ 12-Jul 04, 6:28 PM)
I can't think of a single ancient historical figure that really changed the flow of history as much as Lenin did.
Lenin certainly had an effect but how much? He was a powerful influence for 70 years, but as we now approach the centenary of his revolution, how much of his legacy remains? The economic system he introduced has been replaced in Russia and the old eastern block. He was not the architect of Communist China, Mao was. His influence today is secondary.
Julius Caesar's revolution replaced a republic with an empire that lasted 400 years in the west and 1500 years in the east. His book, the Civil War is used today as a textbook for strategy. He introduced the calendar that was used for 1600 years in Europe. The modern French language, spoken by 77-110 million people, isn't a Celtic language but a Romance one, evolved from the Latin he brought with his armies when he conquered Gaul.
There are other ancients too: Croesus, King of Lydia may not be that famous now but his influence is still felt - he struck the first (Known) gold coins. Millions more people have died for coin than ever died in the name of Communism!