History According to Lists – Who’s Bigger

How is it that history is so commonly reduced to lists? Perhaps it’s our need to organize the incredible breadth and complexity of the past, which is no easy task. Or maybe we’re just impatient. Recently, I’ve come across three examples of historical list-making, all of which have the potential to spark really stimulating historical discussions, if we take them seriously.

whos biggerJust today, for instance, I ran across a Time article called “Who’s Biggest?” It’s aim is to calculate the “100 Most Significant Figures in History.” Continue reading