Top Ten Most Influential Figures in Nationalism

This is not a praise list, just a list about influential figures in history, but not praise.
The Top Ten
1 Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler (April 20, 1889 - April 30, 1945) was a German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and Führer of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator of Nazi Germany, he initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September ...read more.

One of the most evil people on the list. Nazi means National Socialist, they used Nationalism and non-Marxist socialism to gain power. He is why the term nationalist gets a lot of flak. He is a supremacist nationalist or chauvinist which is the idea of superior race and nation. Plain Nationalism is just prioritizing your country first.

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2 Benito Mussolini Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini was an Italian politician, journalist, and leader of the National Fascist Party, ruling the country as Prime Minister from 1922 until he was ousted in 1943. He ruled constitutionally until 1925, when he dropped all pretense of democracy and set up a legal dictatorship. ...read more.

Again, another horrible person, but you can not deny his historical significance. Mussolini and Italy are the original fascists. Fascism at the time was the alternate to Marxian socialism and Capitalism.

3 Fidel Castro Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, known as Fidel Castro (August 13, 1926 – November 25, 2016), was a Cuban politician and revolutionary who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008. Politically a Marxist–Leninist and Cuban nationalist, he ...read more.

Ideologically a Marxist–Leninist and Cuban nationalist, he also served as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from 1961 until 2011. Fidel was a major figure in National Liberation which most left wing nationalists were a part of in the 20th century.

4 Hideki Tojo Hideki Tōjō was a general of the Imperial Japanese Army, the leader of the Imperial Rule Assistance Association, and the 27th Prime Minister of Japan during much of World War II, from October 17, 1941, to July 22, 1944. As Prime Minister, he was responsible for ordering the attack on Pearl Harbor, ...read more.
5 Josip Broz Tito Josip Broz (7 May 1892, Kumrovec – 4 May 1980, Ljubljana), commonly known as Tito, was a Yugoslav communist revolutionary and statesman, serving in various roles until his death in 1980. During World War II he was the leader of the Partisans, often regarded as the most effective resistance movement ...read more.
6 Mao Zedong Mao Zedong, also transliterated as Mao Tse-tung and commonly referred to as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese communist revolutionary and founding father of the People's Republic of China, which he governed as Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949, until his death in 1976. ...read more.

Another brutal historical figure. While he fought the Chinese Nationalists led by Chiang Kai Shek, Mao was also a nationalist, but with communist economics. In other words, the Chinese civil war was a war between two nationalist figures. Mao along with other leaders on this list are proof that while nationalism is popular among right wingers, it is not rare to find it with the left either, it is just usually in the east.

Pure tyrannical indeed

7 Ho Chi Minh Hồ Chí Minh, was a Vietnamese Communist revolutionary leader who was Chairman and First Secretary of the Workers' Party of Vietnam.

Uncle Ho!
He really did have the best ideas, and if you didn't agree, he killed you.

8 Robert Mugabe Robert Gabriel Mugabe was a Zimbabwean politician and revolutionary who served as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987 and then as President from 1987 to 2017. He died on September 6, 2019, at the age of 95.
9 Xi Jinping Xi Jinping is a Chinese politician currently serving as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, President of the People's Republic of China, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission.

China's other major nationalist leader along Mao and Deng. Xi is the other leader like Putin that obtains support from many nationalists. He has even called on Chinese youth to embrace Chinese nationalism.

10 Vladimir Putin Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin has been the President of Russia since 7 May 2012, succeeding Dmitry Medvedev. He was also President from 2000-2008.

The one who added Putin in this list is certainly has no any idea who Putin is and how Putin's Russia works.

In fact, Putin has banned all Russian nationalism. It is no secret that the national question is acute in Russia. The percentage of so-called "ethnic" crimes committed by representatives of non-Russian nationalities is very high. It is forbidden to talk about this in the media behind the scenes. Any criticism of the national issue is prohibited and punishable by law in accordance with the notorious article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code, the so-called "Russian Article" (because in fact it only applies to Russians). A very large part of the criminal prosecution for comments on the Internet, likes and reposts (yes, that's how Putin's Russia works) falls on the violation of this article. At the same time, representatives of these national minorities (which I deliberately do not name) can talk absolutely everything about Russians, without fear of any punishment, for ...more

There is one leader that attracts nationalists from both the right and the left and that is Putin. Putin has made Russian nationalism rise and supports nationalist governments and movements in other countries.

The Contenders
11 Saddam Hussein Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti was the fifth President of Iraq, serving in this capacity from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003. A leading member of the revolutionary Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party, and later, the Baghdad-based Ba'ath Party and its regional organization Ba'ath Party – Iraq Region—which ...read more.
12 Theodor Herzl

(1860–1904), Jewish Austrian-Hungarian journalist, playwright, writer, and political activist. He founded the political form of Zionism, a movement to build a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

13 Kim il Sung Kim Il-sung was the first Supreme Leader of North Korea, from its establishment in 1948 until his death in 1994. He held the posts of Premier from 1948 to 1972 and President from 1972 to 1994.

North Korea is perhaps the most nationalistic communist country ever. It is not hard to see why. All three of the Kims belong here, however, I placed Kim Il Sung as he was the first of the three.

14 Dietrich Eckart

(1868–1923), German poet, playwright, journalist, and political activist. In 1919, Eckart was one of the founders of the DAP, which became the NSDAP in 1920. From 1921 to 1923, he was the chief editor of the party newspaper "Völkischer Beobachter". He was Adolf Hitler's first political mentor.

15 Mahatma Gandhi Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India.
16 Amin al-Husseini

(Died 1974), Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Arab nationalist who played a key role in Arab resistance to Zionism. During his meeting with Hitler in 1941, he assured that the Arabs "were Germany's natural friends because they had the same enemies as had Germany, namely the English, the Jews, and the Communists".

17 Muammar al-Gaddafi Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi, commonly known as Colonel Gaddafi, was a Libyan revolutionary, politician, and political theorist.

Gaddafi was an Arab Nationalist leader who advocated for the Third International Theory. This is a mix of Arab Nationalism, Islam, and Socialism.

18 Nelson Mandela Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.
19 Gabriele D'Annunzio

(1863–1938), the leading Italian writer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. On 12 September 1919, he occupied with a force of Italian nationalist irregulars the city of Fiume. On 8 September 1920, he proclaimed the birth of the "Reggenza Italiana del Carnaro" (Regency of Carnaro) with himself as "Comandante" (Commander). At the end of December, he surrendered the city to the Italian Navy. The proto-fascist constitution and his style of leadership inspired Benito Mussolini, who adopted the balcony address and the Roman salute.

20 Giuseppe Mazzini

(1805–1872), Italian journalist and political activist, a champion of the movement for Italian unity known as the Risorgimento.

21 Paul de Lagarde

(1827–1891), a noted German orientalist. He promoted anti-Semitism and anti-Slavism and called for a German national religion. His ideas were highly influential on Nazi ideologist Alfred Rosenberg. Hitler studied his "Deutsche Schriften" (German Essays) thoroughly in the 1930s.

22 Subhas Chandra Bose Subhas Chandra Bose, was an Indian nationalist whose defiant patriotism made him a hero in India, but whose attempt during World War II to rid India of British rule with the help of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan left a troubled legacy.
23 Ernst Moritz Arndt

(1769–1860), German historian, writer, and poet. One of the main founders of German nationalism and a committed opponent of Napoleonic dominance over Germany. His anti-French statements were used in both World Wars.

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25 Hugo Chavez Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías was a Venezuelan politician who was President of Venezuela from 1999 until his death in 2013. Chávez was also leader of the Fifth Republic Movement political party from its foundation in 1997 until 2007, when it merged with several other parties to form the United Socialist ...read more.

One of the most important figures in new left wing nationalism. National Liberation was mostly over because the Cold War ended and because there were no more colonies. Chavez's ideology was a mix of Venezuelan nationalism and socialism. His successor Maduro has espoused the same rhetoric.

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