What If? 2: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been [NOOK Book]

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What if Lincoln didn't abolish slavery? What if an assassin succeeded in killing FDR in 1933? This volume presents 25 intriguing "what if..." scenarios by some of today's greatest historical minds-including James Bradley, Caleb Carr, James Chace, Theodore F. Cook, Jr., Carlos M.N. Eire, George Feifer, Thomas Fleming, Richard B. Frank, Victor Davis Hanson, Cecelia Holland, Alistair Horne, David Kahn, Robert Katz, John Lukacs, William H. McNeill, Lance Morrow, Williamson Murray, Josiah Ober, Robert L. O'Connell, ...
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What If? 2: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been

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What if Lincoln didn't abolish slavery? What if an assassin succeeded in killing FDR in 1933? This volume presents 25 intriguing "what if..." scenarios by some of today's greatest historical minds-including James Bradley, Caleb Carr, James Chace, Theodore F. Cook, Jr., Carlos M.N. Eire, George Feifer, Thomas Fleming, Richard B. Frank, Victor Davis Hanson, Cecelia Holland, Alistair Horne, David Kahn, Robert Katz, John Lukacs, William H. McNeill, Lance Morrow, Williamson Murray, Josiah Ober, Robert L. O'Connell, Geoffrey Parker, Theodore K. Rabb, Andrew Roberts, Roger Spiller, Geoffrey C. Ward, and Tom Wicker.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101220795
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 644,003
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Cowley is the founding editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, which was nominated for a National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Cowley has held several senior positions in book and magazine publishing.
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Table of Contents

What If? 2 - Edited by Robert Cowley List of Maps and Illustrations
Introduction by Robert Cowley
Socrates Dies at Delium, 424 B.C. - Victor Davis Hanson
The consequences of a single battle casualty
Not by a Nose - Josiah Ober
The triumph of Antony and Cleopatra at Actium, 31 B.C.
Pontius Pilate Spares Jesus - Carlos M. N. Eire
Christianity without the Crucifixion
Repulse at Hastings, October 14, 1066 - Cecelia Holland
William does not conquer England
The Chinese Discovery of the New World, 15th Century - Theodore F. Cook, Jr.
What the expeditions of a eunuch admiral might have led to
Martin Luther Burns at the Stake, 1521 - Geoffrey Parker
"O God, is Luther dead?"
If Charles I Had Not Left Whitehall, August 1641 - Theodore K. Rabb
As a starter, no English civil war
Napoleon's Invasion of North America - Thomas Fleming
Aedes aegypti takes a holiday, 1802
If Lincoln Had Not Freed the Slaves - Tom Wicker
The inevitable results of no Emancipation Proclamation
France Turns the Other Cheek, July 1870 - Alistair Horne
The needless war with Prussia
The Election of Theodore Roosevelt, 1912 - John Lukacs
Brokering an earlier end to World War I
The Great War Torpedoed - Robert L. O'Connell
The weapon that could have won the war for Germany in 1915
No Finland Station - George Feifer
A Russian Revolution without Lenin?
The Luck of Franklin Delano Roosevelt - Geoffrey C. Ward
Seven might-not-have-beens on the road to the presidency
The War of 1938 - Williamson Murray
Chamberlain fails to sway Hitler at Munich
Prime Minister Halifax - Andrew Roberts
Great Britain makes peace with Germany, 1940
The Boys Who Saved Australia, 1942 - James Bradley
Small events can have large results
Enigma Uncracked - David Kahn
The Allies fail to break the German cipher machine
Pius XII Protests the Holocaust - Robert Katz
VE Day - November 11, 1944 - Caleb Carr
The unleashing of Patton and Montgomery
The F├╝hrer in the Dock - Roger Spiller
A speculation on the banality of evil
No Bomb: No End - Richard B. Frank
The Operation Olympic disaster, Japan 1945
The Presidency of Henry Wallace - James Chace
If FDR had not dumped his vice president in 1944
A Tale of Three Congressmen, 1948 - Lance Morrow
America without Nixon, Johnson, and Kennedy
What If Pizarro Had Not Found Potatoes in Peru? - William H. McNeil
The humble roots of history

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    I GOTTA QUESTION

    If this is where the contest is at...WHERE AR T RULES??!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2005

    Delicate Balance between Fiction and Reality

    Unlike 'What If? 1', which was entirely about military counterfactuals, 'What If? 2' has the additional merit to consider military and non-military counterfactuals. To his credit, Robert Cowley manages again to put together a 'dream team' of historians. As Cowley correctly points out in his introduction, events manipulate great men and women probably as much as great men and women manipulate events. Over time, men and women unfortunately tend to drift from one extreme to another in their approach to history. Action or inaction of great men and women, the impact of the environment on their behavior as well as broad social, economic and political trends are ultimately equally important in understanding history properly. Unsurprisingly, readers will probably perceive the counterfactual essays to be of uneven quality in both volumes of What If? Some history buffs could blind themselves to their supposed knowledge of specific events about which speculation is made. The participating historians are usually efficient at first explaining to their audience what really happened and then exploring counterfactuals. This approach generally has the merit of making history accessible to a wide audience. In evaluating each essay on its merits, readers could follow the advice that Geoffrey Parker gives in his contribution about the counterfactual victory of the Invincible Armada in 1588 to 'What If? 1': 1) Only small and plausible changes should be made to the actual sequence of events and 2) After a certain time, the previous pattern may reassert itself (pg. 151-152).

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