Famous Revolutionaries - List of Famous Revolutionaries - page 2

A revolution is a drastic and sudden change which is instigated or propagated by a revolutionary, which means that revolutionaries, as the name suggests, are people who take up the cause of bringing about change in an existing system. Revolutions, in the past, have been responsible for changes in political, religious and even economic ideologies. A revolutionary is generally the one person who decides that he or she has had enough of the perceived injustice enforced by a system and decides to directly or indirectly; take steps to facilitate the removal of the unjust system. The history of the world has shown us examples of such instances in the form of various movements, instigated or propagated by individuals that have led to the complete collapse of entire governments and resulted in the establishment of a new regime or government that is supposed to correct the wrongs of the one it’s replacing. The word revolution can also apply to non-political revolutions like the field of technology and industry which saw its biggest boom during the industrial revolution. During this period production methods saw an increasing shift from manual production to the use of machines to produce goods. Even though, at times, the word revolutionary is used in conjunction with science and art more often than not, it relates to the political aspect of revolutions. Listed below is a list of some of the notable revolutionaries with their complete biographies that include timelines, trivia and life stories.

The Most Famous Revolutionaries

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Emiliano ZapataAugust 8, 1879MexicanEmiliano Zapata was a Mexican revolutionary leader and one of the most important figures of the Mexican Revolution.
Begum Hazrat Mahal1820Indian, NepaliBegum Hazrat Mahal was the first wife of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah and one of the earliest female freedom fighters during the Indian Rebellion of 1857
William Wallace1270ScottishWilliam Wallace was a Scottish knight who was a central figure in the Wars of Scottish Independence
Che GuevaraJune 14, 1928ArgentinianChe Guevara is one of the most revered and legendary political figures in world history
TecumsehJanuary 1, 1768AmericanTecumseh was a Native American leader of the Shawnee clan
Josip Broz TitoMay 7, 1892YugoslavJosip Broz Tito was the powerful revolutionary leader of Yugoslav Partisans
Leon TrotskyNovember 7, 1879Russian, UkrainianLeon Trotsky was a Russian politician, a Marxist revolutionary and the founder and the first leader of the Red Army
Pol PotMay 19, 1925CambodianPol Pot was the Cambodian revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge
Pancho VillaJune 5, 1878MexicanPancho Villa is one of the most renowned names of the ‘Mexican Revolution’ who was also the Governor of Chihuahua
Simon BolivarJuly 24, 1783VenezuelanSimón Bolívar was a Venezuelan military leader who was instrumental in independence of several Latin American countries from the Spanish rule
Chiang Kai-shek

Chiang Kai-shek

Chiang Kai-shek was a Chinese political leader who served as the leader of the Republic of China for almost five decades

ChineseOctober 31, 1887127 views

Agostinho Neto

Agostinho Neto was the first President of the People’s Republic of Angola and a prominent writer

AngolanSeptember 17, 1922128 views

Augusto César Sandino

Augusto César Sandino was a revolutionary guerrilla leader from Nicaragua

NicaraguanMay 18, 1895128 views

Yane Sandanski

Yane Sandanski was one among the leaders of the ‘Internal Macedonian-Adrianople Revolutionary Organization’

BulgarianMay 18, 1872109 views

Jonas Žemaitis

Jonas Zemaitis was the Chairman of the Lithuanian Movement for Freedom, posthumously recognized as the President of Lithuania

LithuanianMarch 15, 1909104 views

Samora Machel

Samora Machel was a revolutionary leader who served as Mozambique's first President

Kenneth Kaunda

Kenneth Kaunda is a Zambian revolutionary and politician who served as the first president of the country

ZambianApril 28, 1924173 views

Ernesto Cardenal

Ernesto Cardenal is a Nicaraguan Roman Catholic priest who is also a poet, politician, and revolutionary

NicaraguanJanuary 20, 1925164 views

Toussaint Louverture

Toussaint Louverture was the leader of the Haitian Revolution, the only successful slave revolt in modern history

FrenchMay 20, 1743114 views

Ali Khamenei

Ali Khamenei is the current Supreme Leader of Iran, considered the most powerful political authority in the country

IranianJuly 17, 1939133 views