When we talk about dictators we talk about the people who rule over countries with absolute authority in a brutal manner. Throughout history, dictators have mostly had a negative influence over their countries, despite how genuine some of them appeared to be in trying to elevate the living standards of the people they ruled over. It’s also often that when a dictator falls, we always hear of persecutions, mass graves, and the silencing of any political rivals they might have had.
Over the next few minutes, we’ll remind ourselves of some of the most brutal, destructive dictators the world has ever seen. Their reign may be over, but the damage they’ve done while in power has left deep wounds that not even the passage of time can heal. Without further ado, here are ten of the most brutal dictators in history.
10Ismail Enver Pasha
He was the leader of the Ottoman Empire during the Balkan Wars and World War I. The reason why Ismail Enver Pasha will forever live in infamy is not necessarily because of how badly he treated his subjects but because of how brutal he was with the groups he blamed for all the shortcomings his leadership had to face. You see, Ismail is the first culprit to be blamed for the Armenian Genocide, a horrifying event that lead to the death of more than 1.2 million Armenians, 350,000 Greek Pontians, 500,000 Assyrians, and 480,000 Anatolian Greeks.