Nine Historical Forces at Work

By Alvin Codner:

The deep historical forces are the true definition of change to society all around the world. Throughout any significant or even non-significant change that happens on this earth whether in the past, present, and or future; one or more out of the nine deep historical forces was definitely a factor in that event.

The Nine Deep Historical Forces are great leaders, chance, globalization, dominant ideologies, industrial revolution, inequality, population growth, technology, and nation-states. The historical forces that stand out the most to me as well as ones that I can personally relate to is great leaders and chance.

As a similar statement that I read in college, great leaders can be leaders who created positive change as well a negative change. The book gave an example of a great leader known as Adolf Hitler. Even though he was a great leader, he was the reason why the holocaust were millions of Jews were killed while he was leader of Germany. The Jews that survived the holocaust and were able to go back to their homes had great leadership within them as well because according to ("Hitler’s Children," 2012, para. 3) there were some 50,000 to 100,000 survivors that were living in occupied Europe and within just a year after the removal of Adolf Hitler from power, that number quickly climbed to over 200,000 survivors. Once the survivors had the bravery to escape and help all of the Allied forces invade Germany, Adolf Hitler knew he had been defeated and he (along with many other Nazi members) committed suicide (supposedly) because they did not want to be punished for their beliefs. Those great leaders of the Allied forces that invaded Germany to take down Adolf Hitler created a chance for other leaders to create good causes and positive change. To correlate all of this to the business and non-profit world, based off of what our government leaders are doing and how it affects the community, is why great leaders within the each community create change to impact the positive historical changes in the world.


How Did the Holocaust End? (2012). Retrieved from

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