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  1. Why didn't the Ottoman empire attempt to expand into China?

    Why in addition to its European expansions out west why didn't the Ottomans attempt to make into incursions into China. During that period of the 15th and 16th centuries China would have actually held much more wealth.
  2. What would have been MLK's message had he lived through the 70s

    I don't think MLK jr. was long for this earth regardless of the assassination, he had the heart of a 60 year old at 39. However he certainly could have lived through the 70s. What message and impact would he had in that decade?
  3. WI Napoleon attempted to take back Canada for France?

    Did Napoleon if he could have any designs to recapture the lost territory from the French and Indian wars? Would it have been feasible for him capture British North America?
  4. AHC: A majority indigenous New Zealand

    NZ already has the highest percentage of indigenous population among western nations how could NZ have remained a majority Maori nation?
  5. Best chance for a Canadian "Hawaii"?

    I'm referring to a topical possession that would either be a territory or province in the Canadian confederation.
  6. Which conflict had a greater lasting impact on Europe, the Napoleonic wars or WW1?

    Did the first world war leave a greater impact on Europe or did the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815) change the course of history for Europe to a greater extent?
  7. Is it odd there have been no Vietnam veteran presidents?

    There have been several WW2 veteran presidents and their have been presidents who've served going back to the revolution right to WW2 but Vietnam vet presidents. Is that not odd or unlikely?
  8. How would an American Civil War fought in the late 19th century have gone?

    If the conflict over slavery had only spilled into outright war in the 1880s or 1890s how would have that conflict gone? Tactics? Weaponry? Length?
  9. If George Washington had visited England in his life?

    George Washington never visited England during his lifetime, I'm wondering if there would have been any difference or impact had he? Of course this would have been before the revolution.
  10. AHC: Have the Vietnam war last until the early 1980s

    The US has been in Afghanistan now for 18 years, using that time frame for Vietnam and starting from the Gulf of Tonkin incident this would be the equivalent of US forces fighting in Vietnam through 1982. How could we have seen the prolongment of that war to that time?
  11. Could Napoleon have brought back the grandeur of the Roman Empire to Europe?

    If Napoleon had held his empire together could he replicated the Roman Empire in Europe?
  12. AHC More populated NZ than Australia

    Right now NZ has about 1/5th of Australia's population. On the surface people may look at Australia being much physically larger as the reason for this but NZ is not really that tiny, it's about the size of the UK and Japan, two countries with much larger populations than Australia. You can...
  13. A China that adopted Syndicalism instead of Marxism

    Syndicalism is a radical current in the labor movement and was most active in the early 20th century. Its main idea is worker-based local organization and advancement through strikes. According to the Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm, it predominated in the revolutionary left in the decade...
  14. Why didn't Qing Dynasty industrialize?

    It was feasible but why did it occur in Japan but not the much larger and more prosperous China?
  15. What's the longest Britain could have held on to Hong Kong?

    Later in her life Margret Thatcher lamented that one of her regrets was not being able to convince the Chinese to extend the British lease on Hong Kong. Realistically could we have seen a world where Hong Kong was still under British possession? Would China have militarily invaded at some point...
  16. AHC: Make China the superpower of the 20th century

    With a POD of 1600 how can China have become the preeminent Superpower of the 20th century ahead of the US and USSR?
  17. Looking back at things is it not odd that Hawaii became a US state instead of Cuba?

    Is it a quirk of history that a chain of islands in the middle of the pacific became a full fledged US state over a much larger island only some 90 miles off off Florida, that was historically quite coveted by the US? If things were redone would it not have been more likely Hawaii would have at...
  18. If Song China industrialized would Europe have remained a backwater?

    Many say Song China was on the cusp of Industrialization. What I'm wondering is if they did would medieval Europe have been left behind or would that industrialization have spread over? When England industrialized it spread to other parts of Europe. However Song China was much more distant and...
  19. Impact of a black socialist revolution in the US?

    During the first red scare in the US, the fears over socialism were not just put on the anarchists and eastern European immigrants but blacks as well. There were several black socialist organizations following the first world war period and many of the black nationalist groups had very socialist...
  20. WI The Phillipines went communist instead of Vietnam?

    What if instead of Vietnam it was the Phillipines that became the hub for communism in SE Asia? If the US launched a military intervention how would the war have went there compared to Vietnam?