All About History: What If…

Historical past is an forever attention-grabbing subject, yet one point of it that actually grabs me is replacement heritage, that small query with never-ending percentages: What if? quite a bit of the realm might be completely replaced if pivotal occasions had long past a special manner – the following you could take pleasure in ten histories we haven’t lived, yet may well simply have performed so…

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He would have been accused of being soft on communism. My best guess is that he would have played for time in 1964, tried to keep the status quo and tried to keep any incidents from arising. I think that the Gulf of Tonkin incident [two separate confrontations involving North Vietnam and the United States around the Gulf of Tonkin] would never have happened. He would have been confronted in 1964 with a possible incident in the Gulf of Tonkin, but he certainly never would have asked congress for the blank cheque that Johnson sought.

1970s l Russia prospers Without America as an enemy, Russia grows as a dominant industrial nation and, as a result, becomes one of the greatest world powers. 1960s © Bundesarchiv; Mariusz Kubik So would you say that communism was forced upon Russia and the rest of the world? Lenin had a very clear goal, but he knew that he couldn’t establish a communist Russia without spreading communism worldwide, so his idea was to spread communism first through Europe and then the rest of the world, and he knew that communism in Russia alone could not work.

Here you’re dealing in probabilities: when you do alternate history – at least when I do it – is get 32 as close as possible to what the players said and thought at the time when you take history down a different path. The evidence is, during the fall of 1963, Kennedy had realised that Vietnam was a losing proposition. He had carelessly authorised – or didn’t stop – a coup that had put new people in charge of South Vietnam. He saw this as a situation that violated a fundamental belief of his about committing large numbers of Americans to a land war in Asia.

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