HOT BLAST: What if Germany had won World War I?
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German soldiers in World War I
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Historians of the revisionist bent have made a fortune writing books that ponder a simple question about the Civil War: What if the South had won?

Now that it's 2014, the anniversary of the start of World War I, it's only natural that historians are asking similar questions about the Great War: What if Germany had won?

According to The Guardian, here are the possibilities:

"One can say that a victorious Germany, imposing peace on the defeated allies at the treaty of Potsdam, would not have had the reparations and grievances that were actually inflicted upon it by France at Versailles. As a consequence, the rise of Hitler would have been much less likely. In that case, neither the Holocaust nor the second world war would necessarily have followed. If Germany's Jews had survived, Zionism might not have had the international moral force that it rightly claimed after Hitler's defeat. The modern history of the Middle East would therefore be very different – partly also because Turkey would have been among the victors in 1918.

"In the kaiser's Europe, defeated France would be the more likely seedbed for fascism, not Germany. But with its steel and coal still in German-controlled Alsace-Lorraine, France's military and naval potential would have been contained. Meanwhile, defeated Britain would have seen its navy sunk in the Heligoland Bight, have been forced to cede its oil interests in the Middle East and the Gulf to Germany, and have been unable to contain Indian nationalism. In practice, the British empire would have been unsustainable. Today's Britain might have ended up as a modest north European social democratic republic – like Denmark without a prince."

It didn't happen, of course, and World War II followed a few decades later.

-- Phillip Tutor

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