I would switch with Napoleon. I think that he could've done a better job in spreading the ideas of the French revolution and could have encouraged the creation of nation states that were his puppets instead of putting family members in charge of fractured states. His war against Russia could've been won if he appealed to the enslaved masses of the Russian empire by promising them freedom instead of trying to force Russia back into the embargo against Britain.
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Please don't put Stalin, Hitler, Mao or any other ruthless dictator.
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Honestly, I don't think I would want all of that power.0
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I will have to say Kim Il-Sung. Why? Because he had almost unlimited opportunities. Imagine being able to have your own country with millions of citizens and having almost unlimited power. He could have made so much out of it. He could have followed his ideas of anti-imperialism and still created a nation where people are not only free but happy. He could have turned North Korea into an east Asian version of Scandinavia, a country where people would say "that's a place I want to live at".
I actually feel quite similarly about Mao. He too, had a lot of opportunities that he missed. However, in the case of Mao, I also have to tell you that he is nowadays very often accused of crimes that he did not commit or condone. One great example for this are the millions of people who were murdered after Mao came into power. It is often said (especially in communism-hating America) that Mao killed all those people. The truth however is that Mao actually spoke up AGAINST killing innocent civilians. Both Mao and the Communist Party in China publicly announced that they are very much against murdering civilians, even if these civilians might have different political views. Once Mao was in power, he believed that he should devote his energy to governing and not killing. Also, like many other leaders, Mao understood that killing innocent civilians would not help his political cause but would in fact haunt him in his later career. The millions of people who were killed after the Communist Revolution in China were almost exclusively killed by normal, politically unaffiliated people, mostly farmers and other members of low social classes. Many of these normal (but poor) people had been enslaved, exploited and abused by their feudal lords in unimaginable ways for decades and centuries. They had an insatiable wrath and desire for revenge in their hearts. So when Mao got into power and the revolution succeeded, many of these poor people believed their chance for vengeance to have arrived and they went on gruesome killing sprees throughout the country. Both in China and in the Soviet Union, this wrath and lust for revenge of the common people was one of the central reasons why Lenin and Mao decided to govern in an autocratic fashion. Lenin even wrote in his lengthy treatises on politics that he did not believe in a left-wing, liberal communism the way people such as Rosa Luxemburg envisioned it. He argued that while in Germany this is an option, it would never function in1