Dubious Influences

The century had its minor villains and antiheroes who caused no little bit of havoc

We all know about Carlyle's Great Man theory of history, but what about the Creepy Guy Behind the Curtain theory of history or the Meddlesome Housemaid Who Spikes the Punch theory or the Wife Who Whispers in the Great Man's Ear theory?

History is written by the victors, but what of those who called in sick that day? Or those who opted not to play? What of the individual who performed one small act that set in motion a great, grand tumult of actions that changed history?

Consider Gavrilo Princip.

He is the 19-year-old Serbian student who assassinated Archduke Francis Ferdinand...

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