Anonymous asked in EnvironmentGlobal Warming · 2 months ago

Who was the most influential person of the 20th century?

8 Answers

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Jim.  Maybe Steve.

  • 2 months ago

    That’s a hard one to answer 

  • F
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Difficult. WW2 is obviously the pivotal event, so anyone would be connected with that. 

     Many will say Churchill, but Hitler and Stalin were probably more influential. Hitler did revolutionise Germany and was largely responsible for WW2 (regardless of who actually declared), so would probably win there.

    However, you then have the Wright Brothers , WW2 would have been very different without planes ( would it have happened at all), and Henry Ford pioneered mass production which ultimately won WW2.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Inventors are always influential.

    Henry Ford revolutionized travel.  He's probably the single man most responsible for our mobile society.

    The Wright Brothers for the same reasons as Ford.

    Vannevar Bush invented and revolutionized aspects of the computer.

    Philo Farnsworth is one man you can point to and say he invented tv.  Television had profound impact on society, culture, religion and everything.

    If you look at politics, then Gandhi was influential in reversing colonialism. 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Stalin, Lenin, or Mao.  Combined, they killed over 100 million people.  They ushered in communism, which has had a lasting affect on extreme liberal politics and entertainment in the United States.  It affected public schools, media, and even sports.  It also affected the arms race, Vietnam War, European communist bloc. 

    Any one of the three could stand on his own.

  • 2 months ago

    Don't confuse "influential" with "good."  I think it was Aldolf Hitler.  Any reading of either a Hitler biography, or Hitler's own writing will show that World War 2 was something was a part of his long-term plan even before he had a position in the German government.  And since World War 2 brought so many transformative changes to the world, one would have to conclude that Hitler was the most influential person of the century.

    If you're looking for those transformative changes, you can start by asking about 6 million European Jews, Magyars and homosexuals how Hitler transformed their lives.  Well, except you can't, because he had them put to death in concentration camps as part of his "final solution."

    There were all sort of other transformative events that resulted from WW2, some of which may have occurred anyway, but certainly were hastened by the war.

    --One would be the emergence of both the United States and the USSR as the two dominant world powers.  The U.S. was on that trajectory already, and the war accelerated our move along that path.  The Soviets, not so much...they had massive internal problems, but the modernization and build up (even from their already built-up levels) forced on them by Hitler's invasion put them on that path.

    --Atomic Energy.  Eventually, somebody would have invented the atomic bomb, as well as designed the first atomic/nuclear power plant.  But the war certainly ushered that era in a lot sooner.  Think Manhattan Project, and Harry Truman's decision to use his two A-bombs to effect the surrender of Japan without the need to invade their home islands.

    --The Iron Curtain.  Perhaps Soviet Russia would have expanded it "sphere of influence" to include Eastern and Central Europe anyway.  But the fact that the Red Army was able to occupy all those areas...think Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Czechoslovakia, etc....on their way to Berlin made it possible for Stalin to decide the Soviets weren't gong to leave the area after the war.

    --President Eisenhower.  Dwight D. Eisenhower was a certified war hero.  His handling of the Allied armies in the European Theater, and especially his planning of the Normandy Invasion (which consisted of 50% planning, and 50% keeping all the egos in the planning group in check) was one of the single biggest factors in bringing down the Nazis as quickly as the Allies did.  Without that in his resume, I doubt very much that the Republican Party would seek him out to run for President in 1952, nor that Eisenhower would seek to get into politics on his own.

    --Man on the Moon.  Man would have ventured into space eventually anyhow.  Man would have landed on the Moon anyhow.  But the fact that it happened as soon as 1969, and the it was the U.S. getting there is a direct result of Dr. Wernher von Braun's directorship of the U.S. space program, and the work of dozens of other German rocket scientists who were "rescued" from the Peenemunde Army Research Center, which was main site of Nazi rocket research.

    --Breakup of Empires.  Although the world was building up to this pre-war, WW2 was a cause of the post-war break up of the European Colonial empires in Africa and Asia.  Over the course of the next 20 years or so, The UK, France, the Netherlands and Belgium either divested themselves, or were divested of their colonial possessions, especially in Africa and Southeast Asia.

    There's a lot of other things I could cite, but one could write a whole book on the way World War 2 changed the world, and I have to get ready to go to work.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago





  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    That would be Sir Winston Spencer Churchill the world's Greatest WW2 leader

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