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Do great individuals make history, bending events to their will, or does that only seem to be the case when past events take on the air of inevitability? At Prospect, a number of recent pieces—collected here—have tackled this fascinating question.

This is your chance to read:

  • Piers Brendon on how history could have been very different for Charles de Gaulle
  • Miri Rubin reflecting on how Adam and Eve embedded the seed of modern misogyny
  • Simon Schama telling us about his earliest memories
  • Colin Grant arguing that turning Martin Luther King Jr into a monument de-fangs his radicalism and political cunning
  • And Ferdinand Mount on how the Cambridge spies trashed their legacies

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