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  1. Create an alternate reality Conqueror we never heard of

    Guglielmo VII, Marquis of Monferrato: OTL around 1260, with a mix of ruthlessness, ferocity and luck, often changing sides between Guelphs and Ghibellines, he managed to first conquer a large part of southern Piedmont, to then control Pavia, Vercelli, Novara, Alessandria, Tortona, Alba, Genoa...
  2. Development of an Ottoman Sicily?

    Keep in mind that even OTL, in Palermo, until the end of the sixteenth century there was a portion of the Kalsa district, which was inhabited by Greek immigrants, who carried out the trade of fishermen, sailors and carpenters, so as to give their name to a city gate, the Gate of the Greeks...
  3. Development of an Ottoman Sicily?

    Tomasi di Lampedusa is surname.,,, The full and exact name is Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomasi_di_Lampedusa_(famiglia) Indeed to be precise the real surname is Tomasi, while Lampedusa is the indication of the feud associated with their main noble title
  4. Development of an Ottoman Sicily?

    Safe ? From the studies I have, a Sicilian population of 560,000 inhabitants in eighteenth-century Sicily seems to me too low. The estimates I've read at more than double While Longhitano, more recently, cites slightly higher numbers In recent years, Perni's demographic calculations are...
  5. Development of an Ottoman Sicily?

    Have you ever read the Leopard by Tomasi di Lampedusa? There is a phrase which historically applied to Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Swabians, Spaniards and Italians. "Everything must change, for everything to stay the same" Sicily has had too many wars and conquerors: the only historical...
  6. Development of an Ottoman Sicily?

    Which, unfortunately, I fear accentuates and anticipates the development and transformation of the Mafia 😞
  7. Development of an Ottoman Sicily?

    I tried to hypothesize different scenarios on the duration of the Ottoman domination in Sicily: 1) Worst Case: 1571/1572 As a consequence of the battle of Lepanto, logistically Sicily is a quite realistic target for the Holy League. Consequently it could become a personal domain of Don Giovanni...
  8. Development of an Ottoman Sicily?

    Look, on the subject, there are dozens of studies in Italian relating to African slavery in Sicily: the most important are: Notes on slavery in Sicily between the Late Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age by Giuseppe Campagna, a researcher at the University of Messina, who tackled, starting...
  9. Development of an Ottoman Sicily?

    Probably, given that geographically Palermo and Tunis have the same distance from Constantinople: however, I hypothesize, that to take into account the peculiar local situation, there could be a more oligarchic and collegial government.... Or, given that Muslims would always be a minority...
  10. Development of an Ottoman Sicily?

    There is a fundamental question: the entire medieval Sicilian agricultural system, based on the cultivation of sugar cane and slavery, is in crisis due to climate change and "Atlantic" competition. In order to survive economically, the large Sicilian landowners had to radically change the...
  11. World War 1 air raids on the port of Pula / Pola?

    Pula, OTL, has suffered numerous bombings by the Italians. The first took place on 3, 4 and 9 August 1917, when 36 Italian bombing Caproni, belonging to the Regia Marina, carrying on board a total of 42 260 mm and 146 162 mm grenades, destroyed the main port infrastructures of the city and they...
  12. What would have been the impact had knowledge of Vinland and the Norse expeditions been popularized like the expeditions of Marco Polo?

    However, Vinland, in its existence was quite well known to the European intellectuals of the time: Adam of Bremen cites it, whose works, reported at the time, had a wide circulation in Germany, England and Scandinavia, was indirectly cited by Al Idrisi in the Book of Ruggero and in addition to...
  13. Plausibility check - late Italian entry into WWI, Entente victory, lower price for Italy

    It may seem strange to you, but it was precisely the idea that OTL had the generals of the Italian Supreme Command 1) Unlike the French and the Germans, thanks to the Caviglia report, they had better understood the Russian-Japanese war and the effects of the machine gun, the trench and the...
  14. Libyan Oil - 'Earliest' discovery and exploitation

    We also take into account the disruptive impacts that the Sinclair Oil scandal had on Italian politics of the time: the fascist leaders, also to hide the suspicions about the bribes received, would have preferred to cut their hand rather than have to deal with it again. deal with American oil...
  15. Libyan Oil - 'Earliest' discovery and exploitation

    Let's start by clarifying by debunking: OTL not only the Italians were aware of the presence of great wealth in the Libyan subsoil, an awareness testified by the reports of the geological missions following the advancing troops in 1911, but they intended to take full advantage of it despite the...
  16. REDUX: Place In The Sun: What If Italy Joined The Central Powers?

    OTL with the treaty of ar-Reǵmah, about thirty km. in the east of Benghazi in 1917, Italy made significant political concessions to Senussia, such as delegating the role of head of the autonomous administration of the oases of Augila, Gialo, Cufra and Giarabub to the Emir es-Senussi, with the...
  17. REDUX: Place In The Sun: What If Italy Joined The Central Powers?

    My usual little notes of Italian military history: Luigi Rizzo has never commanded a submarine. OTL In the First World War, from June 1915 to the end of 1916 it was assigned to the maritime defense of Grado near Venice, where, under the orders of the lieutenant captain Filippo Camperio first and...
  18. REDUX: Place In The Sun: What If Italy Joined The Central Powers?

    In reality, it is not so .... Cadorna, since the government hesitated to start the expedition to Macedonia, threatened to resign (in addition to his memorials, we also have those of Vittorio Orlando and Sonnino). In addition, he supported an expedition in support of the British in Sinai, and to...
  19. REDUX: Place In The Sun: What If Italy Joined The Central Powers?

    OTL Cadorna was opposed to the military expedition to Albania, since the Supreme Commander considered an idiotic idea which he considered dangerous to advance his troops inside a poor, backward country, without roads and infested with bandits; but the expedition was practically imposed on him...
  20. AHQ: Industrial Revolution in Ancient Greece

    It is not true that the ancient Romans ignored Heron's Aeolipila, but they studied it thoroughly, as Pliny the Elder testifies in his Natural History. And just downstream of these studies, they realized how the invention of this ancient steam engine had two major limitations: poor efficiency...
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