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Great Political Leaders: The Short List – Part 1

Why a “short list?” Because conquerors such as Alexander the Great are excluded. I use the term to identify political leaders who significantly improved the lives of their people. As with any such list, decisions to include or exclude are, inevitably, somewhat arbitrary. Some were elected, some were not; none of them had unblemished records, but they accomplished more than most despots or even elected politicians. 

So here goes, until the year 1700,  and I hope you will add to the list in your comments. (or subtract if you know something absolutely dreadful about a leader.)  Stay Tuned for Part 2.

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