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Archduke Franz Ferdinand lives! : a world without World War I

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The Great War claimed nearly 40 million lives and set the stage for World War II, the Holocaust and the Cold War. Richard Ned Lebow examines the chain of events that led to war and what could reasonably have been done differently to avoid it, then constructs plausible worlds, some better, some worse, that might have developed instead. He illustrates these with what-if biographies of politicians, scientists, religious leaders, artists, painters, 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.

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Newark Public Library 909.92 LEB (Text)
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