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what if Colonel von Stauffenberg [07 Feb 2010|10:00pm]

really had killed Adolf Hitler? 
would it have mattered or would the coup d´etat have been unsuccessful?
and if the Valkyrie had been successful:
I think that if they had negotiated the peace with the Allies they couldń´t have kept f.e. France. But what about other countries they occupied and were still ruling in 1944? What about Czechoslovakia, Austria, Poland? What about the Sowiet Union? Under what conditions would the Sowiet Union have made peace with Germany? 
would the Stauffenberg group have prohibited NSDAP? Would Germany have stayed united ?
Would the German have been more willing to punish war criminals if the "revolution" had been of German origin and not dictated by the Allies?
Would the Stauffenberg group really have closed the concentration camps at once?
Cortez, eat your heart out!

How would [08 Jul 2009|08:43pm]

have Europe looked like today if Napoleon had won at Waterloo and become Emperror once again for another twenty years?
any ideas?
5 Sacrificial Victims .x. Cortez, eat your heart out!

WHAT IF [30 Apr 2009|08:16pm]

Alexander the Great had died in India.....seventy years old?
Would it change our world today?
What do you think?
5 Sacrificial Victims .x. Cortez, eat your heart out!

Darnley NOT Murdered? [15 Feb 2009|12:14pm]

[ mood | curious ]

X-posted in scots_history and maryqueenofscot

As a preliminary to using as a course text Friedrich Schiller’s Maria Stuart as one of my World Literature works in the Language A-1 International Baccalaureate English class I’ll be teaching in my international school next year, I decided to make myself more familiar with the life and career of the unfortunate Queen of Scots, who I already knew was one of the most maligned figures in Anglo-Saxon historiography.
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How would the history of both countries been changed?

Cortez, eat your heart out!

Hello, I'm new. :] [04 Oct 2007|09:13pm]

[ mood | curious ]

How do you think the world as we know it would be changed if Charles Martel didn't succeed in stopped the invasion of the Muslims?

1 Sacrificial Victims .x. Cortez, eat your heart out!

An Unmentionable Aspect of Revolutionary History [31 Jul 2007|06:31pm]

[ mood | curious ]


This is one of the causes of the American Revolution that is almost never broached in what passes for “American history” classes in high school. Even in this article, the hysterical anti-Catholic prejudices of the “Patriots” of New England are barely touched upon:


However, the violence and emotional intensity of riots in Boston regarding the “Quebec Act of 1774” far surpassed anything over stamps or tea. But, of course, THAT will be told only in Canadian children’s history books.

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And the question is: "Would there be a United States of America if the British had banned the practice of Catholicism in Canada (as it was banned in Great Britain and Ireland) and had deported the entire French Catholic population to Louisiana or to other French possessions?"

3 Sacrificial Victims .x. Cortez, eat your heart out!

What if... [03 May 2007|05:40pm]

What would have happened if George Washington had been the commander of the Confederate troops during the Civil War? Would the Confederates have won?
7 Sacrificial Victims .x. Cortez, eat your heart out!

[18 Dec 2006|03:35pm]

X-posted in earlymodern and france
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The thirty years' war brewing in the Middle East


Americans, by and large, are unfamiliar with much of history. Their passion is the future, not the past; and their focus is understandably on their own vast and varied continent, not on the minute details of distant foreign lands. The new chairman of the House intelligence committee cannot tell the difference between Sunni and Shi’ite, and his predecessor was not much better. And I’d wager that no one in the US Congress was forced in school, as I sadly was, to study Europe’s thirty years’ war. But they’d better start, because it may be already upon them. Not in Europe this time, but in the Middle East.

Andrew Sullivan’s analogy between what’s transpiring now in the Middle East and the Thirty Years War in 17th century Europe may be brilliant, but he doesn’t go far ENOUGH in his analysis.


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Now, tell me what YOU think of MY analysis of the choices we are shortly to face:
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2 Sacrificial Victims .x. Cortez, eat your heart out!

[30 Nov 2006|02:27pm]

What if the Gauls had defeated the Romans enough times to put paid to their ambitions of a European empire, and they were never converted to Christianity?
15 Sacrificial Victims .x. Cortez, eat your heart out!

[02 Nov 2006|02:16pm]

How would the world have differed if the U.S. had never dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
Would a military invasion have been a better choice?
16 Sacrificial Victims .x. Cortez, eat your heart out!

La Chute de l'Ancien Regime [28 Oct 2006|06:05pm]

[ mood | calm ]


Here’s a question related to the French Revolution:
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3 Sacrificial Victims .x. Cortez, eat your heart out!

[26 Oct 2006|12:17am]

July 1553 & the death of 16-year-old Edward VI. The Duke of Northumberland conspired to seize power by having Edward name his cousin Lady Jane Grey, daughter of Henry Grey, Earl of Suffolk, as successor to the throne, then marrying his son Guildford to Jane. As we all know, Jane only reigned for 9 days, the Protestant forces collapsed under the Catholic resurgence, & Mary Tudor returned the nation to the Papist fold for the next five years, including a marriage to Philip V of Spain.

Had the Catholic forces not successfully regrouped, had Mary not taken the throne & Jane stayed as queen, how would that have affected English policy for the remaining half of the 16th century? Would the Spanish Armada have come sooner, or come at all? What about England's high-seas marauding against Spain & their new world interests?
5 Sacrificial Victims .x. Cortez, eat your heart out!

Prohibition [19 Sep 2006|07:44pm]

Would the U.S. be significantly different today if it hadn't been for prohibition in the 1920s? Probably the biggest (but not necessarily only) question to ask: can such a large portion of the crime that took place in those days be solely attributed to prohibition, and if so, did it affect future generations of organized crime?
2 Sacrificial Victims .x. Cortez, eat your heart out!

Darah Shukoh, NOT Arungzebh [15 Jul 2006|12:24pm]


What if Darah Shukoh, rather than Arungzebh, had succeeded Shah Jahan as padshah of Mughal India? Would the Sufi ideas of this mystic religious syncretist have contributed to alleviating sectarian strife in India? Would Islam as a world religion have been changed by an experiment in Sufi governance of a major Muslim empire? Would Darah Shukoh have had the tenacity and political acumen to hold his throne?
4 Sacrificial Victims .x. Cortez, eat your heart out!

[15 Jun 2006|05:13pm]


What if the catholic church had never adopted the car-crash like image of Christ in agony nailed up on his cross, and instead had focused on the image of the loving Mother and Child from the get-go? After all, it wasnt till long after the rise of the church that the hierarchy reluctantly placed any emphasis whatsoever on the inclusion of the Mother, which they only did to satisfy the demands of the newly "christianized" europeans.

4 Sacrificial Victims .x. Cortez, eat your heart out!

[14 Jun 2006|08:28pm]

What if fredrick the fifth had never fought the Battle of White Mountain, thus never lost Prague? Would science be more holistic, respectful of the earth, open to magic and the para-unknown?
1 Sacrificial Victims .x. Cortez, eat your heart out!

[26 Apr 2006|11:56pm]

What would happen if the peasants significantly disrupt the government in China?

What happens when the world's oil runs out?
5 Sacrificial Victims .x. Cortez, eat your heart out!

[21 Jan 2006|08:32pm]

What if the Rosetta Stone was never deciphered or was deciphered incorrectly?
2 Sacrificial Victims .x. Cortez, eat your heart out!

Community Promotion [15 Dec 2005|09:30am]

I'm not certain if promoting is acceptable, and if not, let me apologize, however, I believe some of you may find it interesting.

Visit rhomaioi - it's a new community specifically about Byzantium, so please take a look!

Come for the Antiquity, stay for the Renaissance!


Cortez, eat your heart out!

.....> [02 Dec 2005|04:17pm]

[ mood | grumpy ]

what if research papers hadn't been invented? ha just kidding.
How about:
What if Guttenberg's movable printing press hadn't been invented? I know it's a giant question, but regarding even one aspect of the modern world, what if people had remained lost from the written word?
(Ex. for starters there wouldn't be a livejournal.)

3 Sacrificial Victims .x. Cortez, eat your heart out!

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