Search or browse our list of the individuals that have had the greatest impact on the History of Values. Related book lists do not necessarily represent complete bibliographies.

We have rated each individual. This is Axios’s subjective rating of the relative importance of the individual for the history of values – 3 stars is the highest rating. We have also designated our choices for the Top 100 people.

We have included several representatives of the most destructive human values. Individuals in this category are generally complex figures whose legacy became one of mass murder. Although Stalin is believed to have murdered more people than Hitler, the latter is usually regarded as the single most vicious person in world history.

This list is a work in progress. Blanks will be filled in over time.

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