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Old Apr 6th 2009, 09:37 AM
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How about Imelda's husband? Ferdinand Marcos
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Old May 1st 2009, 10:13 PM
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Does Olympias (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympias) count? I don't think she was a dictator per se, but she was a pretty good puppet master.
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Old May 2nd 2009, 10:17 AM
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Does Olympias (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympias) count? I don't think she was a dictator per se, but she was a pretty good puppet master.
Not bad.

But if you are interested in this 'type' of dictatorial puppet masters, I would recommend you look up Livia - wife of Octavian/Augustus. She was far more successful and notoriously bloody-minded about it than the 'Epirote Witch'.
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Old May 3rd 2009, 01:10 PM
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Probably relatively gentle compared to some of the previous mentioned characters, I give you Haile Selassie.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haile_S..._I_of_Ethiopia
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Here's a recent scoundrel of a dictator - Slobodan Milosevic

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Old May 9th 2009, 06:30 PM
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Do part time dictators count ?
Technically speaking he wasn't a dictator in the country where he was king but in the country he owned (yes, literally) he ranks with the worst in history.
I give you Léopold Louis Philippe Marie Victor of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha aka Leopold II of Belgium.


This picture (and many others) is suspiciously absent from Belgian history books.
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Old May 9th 2009, 07:04 PM
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Technically speaking he wasn't a dictator in the country where he was king but in the country he owned (yes, literally) he ranks with the worst in history.
I give you Léopold Louis Philippe Marie Victor of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha aka Leopold II of Belgium.


This picture (and many others) is suspiciously absent from Belgian history books.
Good one. Have you ever read King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild? That's where I learned about him.

Actually knowing the history of the Belgian Congo and the first modern genocide has made it really hard for me to study Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Especially the second time.
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Old May 12th 2009, 05:52 PM
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Good one. Have you ever read King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild? That's where I learned about him.
No, but being Belgian there's heaps of info available. It's all in funny languages such as Dutch or French though
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How about the Shah of Iran. He named himself King of Kings and expanded his power, violating the constitution. He led a repressive regime and his downfall led to the Islamic Republic that Iran has today.
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Old May 25th 2009, 10:11 AM
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How about little known Than Shwe - dictator of Burma (aka Myanmar).

He's not a very impressive fellow in his own right - merely the 'headman' of the military junta that rules with dictatorial authority.
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