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.
'Lebow has written a sharp... work that many with an interest in the first world war will enjoy. As well as providing a what-if analysis of a world without the conflict, Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives! invites us to reflect in new and unexpected ways on the connectedness of things - and on the unpredictability of history.'
The Guardian Lebow
worlds are fascinating
... This is an entertaining and plausible series of 'what-ifs
that makes us pause and consider the contingency of what we are pleased to call the real world
. **** - New Internationalist So is a world without the First World War plausible? Richard Ned Lebow's Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives! tries hard to convince us it is. - The Independent Lebow persuasively argues that the outbreak of world war was contingent on the assassination of Franz Ferdinand... So, what if there had been no First World War? Lebow imagines the best and worst plausible worlds... These forays are fun. - The Times For anybody fascinated by political or social history, this is a stimulating book that will inevitably lead to some thought as to how the world could have developed, and how it could so easily have been a very different place today... I would certainly recommend this. - The Bookbag A well-written, thought-provoking read, particularly for people with a keen interest in modern history. - Discover Your History A curious look at an alternative history - Your Family Tree 'The thought-experiments in Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives! serve purposes on multiple levels. At its core, Alternate History has always been an intriguing chance to ponder 'what if?
's work, we may see further through analysis that we can apply to our own world and judge our own trends in culture, and science, and political leadership.' - This Day in Alternate History'
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
|Publication date:||7th January 2014|
|Author:||Richard Ned Lebow|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,|
Richard Ned Lebow is professor of International Political Theory in the Department of War Studies at King's College London and James O. Freedman Presidential Professor Emeritus of Government at Dartmouth College. He is also a bye-fellow of Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge, and the author of almost 30 books. His work has been cited in The New York Times , The Wall Street Journal , and The Economist , and he has been interviewed on NPR, the BBC, CSPAN, and German, French, and Italian radio and television. He lives in London, England and Etna, New Hampshire.More About Richard Ned Lebow