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  1. Were the British really smart when they avoided intervention in the American Civil War?

    The earliest Germany would be interested in such an alliance would be 40 years later. In the mean time the USA if its that hell bent on revenge on London would have likely allied Londonds traditional enemies and main rivals, meaning France and Russia. I seriously doubt that the british at the...
  2. British and French options if France fights on from Algeria in 1940?

    On a side note: Could this be enough to kill the "cheese eating surrender monkeys" meme?
  3. Could WWI start in 1913 over Albania?

    The Ottoman did commit attrocities. But the Balkan sates were little better. Look at the Balkans before the collapse of Ottoman rule. It was full with various muslim minority groups. Some of them turks who moved in but more usually local converts. After the wars they disappeared swiftly - or...
  4. Could WWI start in 1913 over Albania?

    Austria-Hungary was the main backer of Albania. And I think the albanian people would hold a wildly different opinion on the matter. I also dont see how this would stabilize the Balcans - the conflict between austria and serbia is not solved.
  5. How Avoidable was WWI?

    No, Hartwig stopped before the "go kill the crown prince part". And the situation was more akin to: AH threatens to invade you after an organiztaion headed by high ranking officers of your military, armed from serbian army depots and realizing a plan made by said officers assasinates the...
  6. How Avoidable was WWI?

    It was not Russian policy to tell the serbs they would support them whatever they did. edit: Also AFAIK it was Serbia and Montenegro that threatened Austria with war because they wanted to receive at least parts of Bosnia. And why was it Europe's responsibility to prop up a state that has...
  7. How Avoidable was WWI?

    Thats a huge difference. At the time he gave those assurances they werent necesserily true - as the decision that finally made them true was made after his death. Reassurance that russia has your back whatever happens means that you can and likely will make decisions and take actions that...
  8. How Avoidable was WWI?

    Lets get a few things clear: I never claimed that Austria was whiter than white. Austria clearly wanted war in 1914. Austria was not trying to maintain the peace. However it was Serbia who adopted a very provocative stance against Austria beginning with the annexation crisis. It was Serbian...
  9. How Avoidable was WWI?

    I more or less agree with the first part. Hartwig did typify the radically panslavic view of what Russia should do in its foreign policy. However I dont think Sazonov would be on the other end of th espectrum - I would place people like Kokovtsov there and Stolypin before him. Sazonov followed...
  10. How Avoidable was WWI?

    The concerns you try to raise i have already answered in the post you quote - maybe try reading it. It is you who has provided neither books nor sources - nothing but your own theories. The books I mentioned claim he went rogue - while citing sources. Maybe you should try to provide something...
  11. No Israel and lessen Holocaust where do the Jews go

    just an idea: Wouldnt South Africa be interested in taking them ? I mean they are a huge number of whites searching for a home.
  12. If Russia and the Powers let the original treaty of Shimonoseki (Japanese Port Arthur) stand, is an R-J war by 1925 likely?

    Interesting questions. Some other implications: 1. Without Russian enroachment in Manchuria a british-japanese alliance wont happen 2. Without Japan beating Russia will it be taken seriously as a great power? 3. Russian shortcomings in the army are not revealed and might delay the revolutions of...
  13. How Avoidable was WWI?

    Completly agree. Though AFAIK Russia was much more concerned by Austrian support for ukrainian nationalism - even inside Austria. It was a vital question for Russia if they can convince the ukrainian people in Russia that they are russians or they develope a separate national identity. These...
  14. How Avoidable was WWI?

    To also answer your concerns: He going rogue didnt meant he worked against russian interest. What it did mean that he worked towards what he thought were Russia's interest instead of what Sazonov and the foreign ministry thought. While doing so he ignored some of the instructions he received and...
  15. How Avoidable was WWI?

    And if Serbia is refusing to accept an Austrian investigation on what gound do you think they would accept a non Austrian one? And seeing that they were actually guilty why would they accept any neutral investigation? Also I have serious doubts that the serbian authorities and especially the...
  16. More “Mughals”

    Migrationary era barbarian states count? Vandals being defeated in Iberia and moving to conquer Africa for example? Visigoths defeated in Aquitania and conquering Iberia?
  17. WI: No Joan of Arc?

    And moral doesnt exist and doesnt have any bearings of the outcome of a fight. I mean who would be more ready and willing to fight just because god was on their side? Im not an expert and have no idea what the outcome would have been without the moral boost France and her army got thanks to...
  18. How Avoidable was WWI?

    Thats the points - not the official Serbia, so that could deny association. But members who were bearing high office in the official Serbia especially the army. Who were so powerful within Serbia that Pasic even through he knew beforehand of the attempt on FF life could do nothing to stop it. So...
  19. How Avoidable was WWI?

    I dont expect to. Im simply stating that Russia's practically unconditional support of Serbia in the face of Serbian action (setting up terrorist organisation and committing attacks on austrian territory) ment that a war was practically unavoidable. Because if Austria accepted the serbian...
  20. How Avoidable was WWI?

    Your assesment is wrong in a lot of cases. AH: here I might agree as a lot of important actors believed that AH needs a war. But I think it was more a desire to deal with a very real external treat meaning Serbia. Russia: completly wrong. The contemporaries believed Russia to be on its way to...
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