who creates History?The person who does nothing, or the person who goes on trying and find out which is good for the whole world? What has he contributed to the world and its citizens? Why the...

who creates History?

The person who does nothing, or the person who goes on trying and find out which is good for the whole world?

What has he contributed to the world and its citizens?

Why the whole world likes Lincoln ,even though we have not seen him?

Why do we like William Wordsworth,even though we have not  seen him?

Why is Mahatma Gandhi popular in the whole world?

Can money buy fame and name?

Can you please explain how the history is made?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It's an interesting question. The people who do things are the ones who create history. As for your question about how we can appreciate historical figures without knowing the people themselves, it's the ideas we appreciae. These people live on in their rhetoric.
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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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As others have posted, the people that make history are in many ways those who have been around in tumultuous times, and they are viewed differently according to each person's background, or often by how many rich and powerful friends they had in their lives and after they passed on.  Winston Churchill is revered as a hero by many and also reviled as a monster by some.  He appeared to lead the UK through the horrible conflict of World War II to a "victory" over Hitler and the Nazis.  Some people will focus more on his willingness to bomb civilian populations and send British boys to their deaths without serious planning or consideration on many occasions.

Of course we all are making our own histories as well within our families and in our communities.  Some of us may end up being "famous" in a historical sense, but the same principles apply to how we will be seen in perpetuity and how our "history" will be viewed.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Conventional wisdom has much to do with the recordings of history.  [Interestingly, in French the word for history, histoire, also means story.]  If one peruses the textbooks for history at a high school, the person can easily perceive that books written six, twelve years, and eighteen years ago record someone like President Richard M. Nixon much differently in each publication. 

A foreign exchange student who takes American History quickly notices the different perspective and recordings on World War II, for instance.  So, history is, as Napolen said, "A fable retold," or as the Italians are fond of saying, "History is but a tale agreed upon."

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Money and fame are certainly history-making for some men. Hugh Hefner immediately comes to mind. However, it could be argued that the way he made his money is just as historically significant. Paris Hilton is another better example of someone who will be remembered simply because of her money and notoriety.

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Short answer:  the winners make history.  At least for many centuries.  Take the Battle of Hastings in 1066.  Much of what we know about the battle comes from the Bayeux Tapestry, which is a creation of the Normans--the winning side. 

Second short answer:  history comes mostly from wealthy  men.  At least in the West.  Again, for centuries, wealthy white men were the only ones with education and leisure time:  two ingredients necessary for writing.  Thus, Western history is, at least in part, from the male perspective.   

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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With all these men, we have not seen them, but we can read their words and see in history books what they have done.  With poets, their work lives or dies on its own merit.  With people like Gandhi and Lincoln, historians have more of an impact.

History is made by historians.  They are the ones who decide who will be emphasized and who will be forgotten.  Generally, this depends on whose story "plays" well.  Lincoln, because we now disapprove of slavery, Gandhi because we now disapprove of colonialism and violence.

So history is made by historians and the people who are remembered "well" are those whose values and behaviors sound good to the historians of our time.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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The phrase "making history"s used in connection with good or bad events and situation that are more likely to be remembered by people for a long time. But in reality history is being created all the time, though all the history created may not be equally memorable.

But, the question is not really about what makes history but about what kind of people are considered to be considered great by posterity. There are many different qualities that make great people great. However one common feature of many of these great people is that they leave behind them something valuable for the future generation. They are great not because they make history. They are great because they improve the future.

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