The Role of the Individual in History

Herald of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vol. 78, No. 1, pp. 64–69, 2008

6 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2009 Last revised: 21 Jan 2010

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Leonid Grinin

National Research University Higher School of Economics; Institute for Oriental Studies; Eurasian Center for Big History & System Forecasting; Volgograd Center for Social Research

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

Contrary to F. Fukuyama's prediction about the "end of history," recent events prove the opposite. History, it seems, has come not to an end but rather to the beginning of new colossal changes. Humankind has found itself on the threshold of a new landmark; in such epochs, the influence of outstanding personalities on the future historical development may be especially significant. We do not question the thesis that people make history. Nevertheless, what is the role of outstanding personalities in human activity‘ There are many opinions on this question. In his book, S. Hook analyzes different views on this problem sufficiently fully and objectively. At the turn of the 1960s, philosophers W. Dray, C. Hempel, M. Mandelbuam, and E. Nagel presented interesting concepts on this point within the framework of studies on determinism and the laws of history. The book Theory and History by L. von Mises is also noteworthy. However, their analysis of the role of the individual in history was somewhat superficial; over the past decades, this problem has not been studied at all

Keywords: individual, outstanding individual, social prerevoiutionary crisis, revolution

Suggested Citation

Grinin, Leonid, The Role of the Individual in History (2008). Herald of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vol. 78, No. 1, pp. 64–69, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1527394

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