Our history is the story of revolution. Since the beginning of recorded history revolutions have been led by men and women who subsequently were enshrined in our collective memories as world changers. By their very nature, these revolutions changed the status quo, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. Were they necessary? You be the judge. Here are 25 most famous revolutionaries of history.
As you read on, keep in mind that this list is in no particular order. We are not in the business of deciding whether Gandhi or Mandela were greater revolutionaries. Secondly, almost everybody on this list is loved by some and hated by others. This isn’t a popularity contest. If somebody is on this list it is only because their “revolutionary” status is a generally accepted historical fact. With that said, enjoy the most famous revolutionaries in history.
A Russian Marxist revolutionary and theorist, Trotsky is famous for being the founder and first leader of the Red Army.
The full name of this notorious Mexican revolutionary general was José Doroteo Arango Arámbula.
Meena Keshwar Kamal
Commonly known as Meena, she was an Afghan women’s rights activist who founded the Revolutionary Association of Women’s Rights. Meena was assassinated in 1987.
Officially recognized as the first president of the Philippines, he led his army against Spain during the Philippine Revolution and then against the United States during the Philippine-American War. He died in 1964 at the age of 95.
José María Pino Suárez
A Mexican statesman and revolutionary, he was assassinated in 1913. He had dedicated his life to fighting for democracy and social justice throughout the country.