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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 9. June 27, 1957

Hist. Soc: — Great Men

Hist. Soc:

Great Men

The Historical Society recently held a symposium on the topic Do Great Men Influence History? It appeared that there were a number of differing ideas on the subject though discussion did not always keep strictly to the point However, a number of us came away with dealer ideas about it. The limited time available did not allow a full investigation, though this was in any case inevitable. One vigorous argument concerned the respective places of Hitler and Stalin in history—that the "H G Wells" short history of a hundred years hence will devote three lines to Hitler and three pages to Stalin, because the former was essentially out of the stream of his times and in time went against the strongest forces, while the latter remained in harmony wills his environment and was able to carry out creative work which will give him his three pages for posterity to consider Shortly the Society hopes to have a film evening with appropriate historical films.—D.G.J.