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short biographies and background notes on heroes and killers of the 20th century

Heroes of the 20th Century

A list of heroes of the 20th Century.

reflections on heroes

Killers of the 20th Century

A list of killers of the 20th Century.

reflections on killers

latest additions and updates

  • Ratko Mladic Ratko Mladic - Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Short biography and background note on Ratko Mladic. Updated 14 April 2014 with further information about Mladic's movements while he was on the run from justice following his indictment by The Hague.

  • Radovan Karadzic Radovan Karadzic - Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Short biography and background note on Radovan Karadzic. Updated 14 April 2014 to note the appearance of Ratko Mladic as a witness for the defence in Karadzic's trial at The Hague.

  • The Assads The Assads - Syria

    A short biography and background note on the Assads. Includes information on Hafez al-Assad, Rifaat al-Assad and Bashar al-Assad. Reviewed and updated 2 April 2014 to include information about major events in Syria's civil war during 2013 and early 2014.

  • Augusto Pinochet Ugarte Augusto Pinochet - Chile

    A short biography and background note on Augusto Pinochet. Corrected 22 February 2014 to note that foreign-controlled copper mines were fully nationalised by the Allende government in 1971, and to note that Isabel Allende is not the niece of Salvador Allende but a more distant relative.

  • Ne Win and Than Shwe Ne Win - Burma

    Short biography and background note on Ne Win. Includes information on Than Shwe. Reviewed and updated 29 January 2014 with extra biographical information on Than Shwe, some background information on Thein Sein and to expand the comment at the end of the article.