9781137278531

Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives! A World without World War I

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  • ISBN13:

    9781137278531

  • ISBN10:

    1137278536

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1/7/2014
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Summary

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.

Author Biography

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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