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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

  • Michael Collins Michael Collins - Ireland

    A short biography and background note on Michael Collins. Reviewed and updated 8 March 2015 to correct various factual errors and to include some extra information about the Irish Civil War and its aftermath.

  • Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Aung San Suu Kyi - Burma

    A short biography and background note on Aung San Suu Kyi. Updated 30 November 2014 with information about proposals to amend the Burmese constitution and to report Suu Kyi's statement that the reform process in Burma has stalled.

  • Ne Win and Than Shwe Ne Win - Burma

    Short biography and background note on Ne Win. Includes information on Than Shwe. Updated 30 November 2014 to note that, following his cremation, Ne Win's ashes were scattered in the Rangoon River.

  • Pol Pot Pol Pot - Cambodia

    A short biography and background note on Pol Pot and his accomplices. Updated 9 November 2014 to report on the guilty verdicts and life sentences handed down to Noun Chea and Khieu Samphan at the conclusion of their first trial, and the opening of their second trial.