Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives!: A World without World War I

Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives!: A World without World War I

by Richard Ned Lebow
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Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives!: A World without World War I by Richard Ned Lebow

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137278531
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,288,475
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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.

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WillowOK More than 1 year ago
His theories are interesting and worth buying the book but the author does not think at all of motives of any nations but those in Europe and the USA & Canada. I think he dismisses Japan, China, and India far too quickly from his speculations. But then, that would probably be at least one if not 2-3 more volumns.