I don't think it's fair to ask whether it is a great person who creates history, or if it is history that creates a great person. History is all too often written by the victor, which is in most cases that great person.
As an example of a great man creating history, I would cite Augustus, who created the Roman republic. However, many of his successors would fall under the great men by history category.
It is also easy to forget that there could be great people who have not been recorded in history. If a conquering force invaded a land, there is likely no record of a leader who arose to defend his or her land, if such a person existed.
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