Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives!

Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives!

A World Without World War I

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Examining the chain of events that led to the Great War and what could reasonably have been done differently to avoid it, a political psychologist creates plausible worlds, some better, some worse, that might have developed.

McMillan Palgrave
The "Great War" claimed nearly 40 million lives and set the stage for World War II, the Holocaust, and the Cold War. One hundred years later, historians are beginning to recognize how unnecessary it was. In Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives!, acclaimed political psychologist Richard Ned Lebow examines the chain of events that led to war and what could reasonably have been done differently to avoid it. In this highly original and intellectually challenging book, he constructs plausible worlds, some better, some worse, that might have developed. He illustrates them with "what-if" biographies of politicians, scientists, religious leaders, artists, painters, and writers, sports figures, and celebrities, including scenarios where: there is no Israel; neither John Kennedy nor Barack Obama become president; Curt Flood, not Jackie Robinson, integrates baseball; Satchmo and many Black jazz musicians leave for Europe, where jazz blends with klezmer; nuclear research is internationalized and all major countries sign a treaty outlawing the development of atomic weapons; Britain and Germany are entrapped in a Cold War that threatens to go nuclear; and much more.

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Examining the chain of events that led to the Great War and what could reasonably have been done differently to avoid it, an acclaimed political psychologist creates plausible worlds, some better, some worse, that might have developed.

Publisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
ISBN: 9781137278531
1137278536
Branch Call Number: 940.311 LEBOW
Characteristics: 248 pages

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Apr 27, 2016

What would happen if one of history's key events hadn't happened. It's an idea that has often been mined by writers in the Science Fiction genre. What if Germany had won WW I; how would the course of events have been changed had Japan not attacked Japan; what if Lindbergh had never reached France. The possible scenarios are endless.
But what if the assassination at Sarajevo had never occurred. This is the question Lebow explores. The stories he tells are no fantastic flight into the amazing, rather he hews close to the facts with very tightly reasoned explanations. The book is generally well written but failed to hold this reader's attention. Perhaps it was a little cerebral for me.

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pkirk
Jun 11, 2014

In the year marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Great War, I have been reading many books relating to the event. How it changed the world, affected art, music, literature, philosophy and even politics. And of course how it led to World War II.

In this book Richard Lebow imagines how different the world would be. Looking at from best outcome, worst outcome He describes how the abence of the Great War would have affected our lives. For instance, a slow development in computers, or spaceflight and trips to the moon would have been delayed. How if peace had been allowed to continue for just 3 more years the war would have happened.

How much of what we take for granted now would not be available to us. But also imagines to some extent what our world would look like without say the partition or India or Palestine. How rich our society may have been had not some brilliant women and men been slaughtered in the holocaust.

He speculates that nuclear weapons would have been delayed, and consequently no use of nuclear power to create energy. Perhaps Russia would not have had a Bolshevik revolution but had gradually com eto some sort of constitutional monarchy. And a grudging kaiser would have had to accept some form of constitutional restraints as well.

It is interesting to think about how different our world would have bene like had this war not erupted in August 1914. Had Austria been less vengeful in its reactions to the double assassinations in Sarajevo. IF you are interested in speculative history this is an excellent book. I did find a few typographical errors that I always find to be a bit distracting. Nevertheless this is a finely written book And the author gives at least 2 alternative worlds.

LJHan Apr 28, 2014

Not nearly as interesting as it SHOULD have been. Too much repetition of the same thing: reminding the reader that the revised history was--now don't forget, since I told you on the prior page!--a revision. Didn't finish it.

pw1040 Mar 04, 2014

Interesting theory, but sloppily done and the author's liberal bias shows through. An example of both, the author blames a near nuclear catastrophe involving a near launch of US nuclear bombers and missiles on Ronald Reagan. The problem is that it happened in June, 1980 when Jimmy Carter was president.

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