No Miracle on the Marne
- Plausible that the "Great War 1914-18" would have
been over by Christmas 1914 if Moltke wouldn't had
panicked and transfered crucial divisions on the right
wing advance in France in accordance to the Schlieffen
Plan. Paris would have fallen or be under siege, and
the BEF would have lost it's nerve to battle the
Germans, possibly. The Russians still would have fallen
into the diaster at Tannenburg on the eastern front.
With lightning quick German victories in the autumn of
1914 on both fronts, undoubtedly the Entente would
have sued for peace?Other authors/historians have
tackled this before, some forcasted a Customs Union with
Imperial Germany masters of the economic scene on the
Continent, not much unlike the EU of today. With a German
victory,does France&Britain fall into fascism later on? Does
Germany grow more expansionistic and implement the *Drang
nach Osten* invade Russia and the Ukraine? I can see
Russia falling into revolution following losing another
war, but this time there will not be a sealed train
carrying Lenin to Finland Station to show Bolshevik power.
The Menshiviks and SR's would triumph in a revoltion,
and a "kinder and gentler" socialism in Russia would
be the result...
- First of all, had the Republic endured rather than be
replaced by three hundred years of military dictatorships
technological progress in the Mediterranean would have
been greater as there would have been greater diversity
and competition between and within the world powers for
technological edges over their competitors. It isn't any
accident that Athenian democracy produced one of the great
scientific revolutions in history or that the Roman Republic
went from having no navy at all to becoming the worlds greatest
seapower during its Republican period. Freedom in a society
may create social instability, which is why dictatorships spend
so much of their nations resources supressing it, but it also
makes societies richer and more technologically advanced.
Secondly, the Parthian Empire would be better able to expand
West without running into Roman Legions and without being
preoccupied with the East, Rome might have chosen to expand further
Northward up into Germany absorbing more Frankish and Germanic tribes
into the Latin culture before the barbarian migrations of the dark
ages when the Huns started pushing all the other barbarian tribes
West. That might have possibly stopped the barbarian hordes from
destroying Rome and actually prevented the Dark Ages.
So far as Anthony and Cleopatra, had Anthony not made an incredible
amount of enemies by nailing the Consul Cicero's head to the Senate
Podium during the civil war he started, the Senate might have been
content to let him live to a ripe old age in Egypt with Cleopatra,
and perhaps one of their granddaughters might have fallen in love with
a nice Jewish philospher with a family living in a somewhat more free
spirited Alexandria than it was under Augustus and Tiberius.
-Jim in Texas
--- In email@example.com, starfarerk wrote:
> And Brutus,and Cassius become consuls. By the
> time the dust settles,the republic has a token
> presence in Judea,conquest of Syria,and have decided to
> leave Egypt pretty much alone...unless,as is likely,
> Antiochus sees the stupidity of crossing Rome,the factions
> in Jerusalem see the foolishness of submitting,and
> Cleopatra is,well...CLEOPATRA. What would the outcome be?
> What would be the state of the middle east today?