January 6, 1936

Although many prominent figures distinguished themselves throughout 1935, Time awarded its "Man of the Year" title to Haile Selassie, the ruler of Ethiopia. While Ethiopia remained largely "uncivilized" and not Christian, Selassie promoted its reputation throughout "civilized Christendom." He increased his nation's stature so much, it seemed likely that the League of Nations would start another world war if the Italian-Ethiopian conflict got out of hand. Selassie induced sympathies against the intrusion of the Machine Age upon Africa's last untouched peoples.

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