To what extent have each of them really changed events, rather than just casually being the most suitable person in the right place at the right time? Lying at one extreme is the view of historian Thomas Carlyle: Universal history, the history of what people in lower case has achieved in this world, lies at the bottom of the Calendar. Owl That’s what I do I read books drink coffee poster. History capital letters, of the Great Men capitalization, has been active here. At the polar opposite is the view of Prussian politician Otto von Bismarck, who, unlike Carlyle, had a seasoned experience of the internal mechanisms of operation of politics: listen to the footsteps of God when He walked through history and tried to grasp the tail of His clothes as He walked by.