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  1. AHQ - when did personal unions between large kingdoms become unlikely?

    Right, so what exactly did the Fronde change?
  2. AHQ - when did personal unions between large kingdoms become unlikely?

    Going further back, how and when did, say France come to be seen as one political context and not separately Paris, Burgundy, Gascony, Brittany, Normandy, etc?
  3. WI Napoleon successfully invaded Russia 1812

    Alexmilman, I greatly appreciate your expertise and your posts settle a lot of issues for me, but I think cic's post shows that rather than a hawk, Constantine was a weak link in Russia's will to continue the fight, regardless of his stances during the thick of the early fighting. I don't think...
  4. Is the German Empire able to take Moscow and Petrograd in WWI?

    Yes, I agree. The Germans have pressing concerns in 1917/18. But in 1914 or 1915, will a French collapse lead directly to the end of the war on the eastern front as well? If not, the full invasion of Russia will look like the solution to Germany's needs.
  5. Is the German Empire able to take Moscow and Petrograd in WWI?

    That is true and I should have said both, but that would have made the title longer. Moscow is still a key prestige and industrial objective.
  6. Is the German Empire able to take Moscow and Petrograd in WWI?

    Let's assume the war on the western front ends quickly with a German victory. Could the war with Russia continue, and if so would a full German invasion of Russia be feasible? What similarities and differences does this kind of campaign have with 1812 and 1941?
  7. AHC: The Senate rules the Byzantine Empire

    Why didn't the senatorial interventions against some emperors lead to a durable power shift back to the Senate?
  8. America Abandons Its Founding Ideals (pre-1900) Challenge

    I once started writing a timeline where the British intervened in the American Civil War and the Confederates were able to obtain independence. American politics becomes extremely polarized between those wanting to take a hard line against the CSA and the western European powers and those...
  9. America Abandons Its Founding Ideals (pre-1900) Challenge

    The continuity argument strikes me as ignoring real change in favor of what the official state identity happens to be. Granted, I would agree the Holy Roman Empire's claim to the imperial mantle is not as strong as the Byzantine one, but was Constantine XI's rump city state really the same state...
  10. AHC: The Senate rules the Byzantine Empire

    The general trend of Eastern Roman history saw the Senate decline in importance to the point of irrelevance. Instead, can the Senate gain more power and reduce the Emperor to a figurehead? What theological implications would this have?
  11. WI Napoleon successfully invaded Russia 1812

    Napoleon's issue in Russia was resources, and increasingly, the weather. Those will force Napoleon out if Alexander does not negotiate. And even with another big tactical victory on the level of Borodino, Alexander doesn't have much reason to negotiate. The Russians are aware of the French...
  12. Could the Mississippi-Missouri river system have become a cradle of civilization?

    For all the hate that Jared Diamond gets, it's a wonder everyone comes around to dealing with these problems through his framework at some point.
  13. WI: The Norman Yoke Theory becomes more Prevalent?

    The Reformation, the English Civil War era, or the Glorious Revolution are the obvious best opportunities. Could also have been emphasized much more strongly in whig and radical narratives in the 18th and 19th centuries. To build on what mrmandias said, a major linguistic purity movement...
  14. WI: Habsburgs promote the Venetian language

    I think you'll find political necessity and invented tradition to be capable of anything. It depends on who's driving the process.
  15. Would the Confederacy have continued to change its flag?

    I mean as the national flag. It may still be too close to the US flag for comfort, but it does seem to solve the battlefield identification and flag-of-surrender issues, while being more attractive than the blood-stained banner.
  16. Would the Confederacy have continued to change its flag?

    That's definitely an option, but the St. George's Cross was rejected from the battle flag because it was perceived as too specifically religiously charged and offensive to southern Jews and some Christians. Would something like the eventual (and as of June former) Mississippi flag be well-received?
  17. Would the Confederacy have continued to change its flag?

    In 1865, a lot of people were still unsatisfied with the blood-stained banner, even though few examples of it actually flew in OTL. The St. Andrew's cross canton based on the battle flags was already overwhelmingly popular and well regarded, and it went on to be the basis for the "rebel flag"...
  18. AHC/WI: More sinicized countries

    Intruding on the Mandala system was the next logical thrust of Chinese influence.
  19. Germany unified, but NOT under Prussia.

    A lot if you buy the legend that German militarism was special and was inherited from the Prussian martial tradition. Not a lot, otherwise.
  20. Colombia Balkanizes in the 1850s or 1860s

    In the short term, Colombia would obviously have been reduced to a region of small states like Central America. These could have been easy pickings for Venezuela, Peru, or some other power. But within a couple decades I suspect a reunificationist move will emerge and will succeed, unlike Central...
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