AH Cultural Descriptions

Finnegan's Wake: Abridged and Edited Edition

In 1939, when Irish author James Joyce released Finnegan’s Wake, he was only able to have it distributed in Britain, Ireland, France, Australia and Canada. In an attempt to appease the censorship rules put in place in the United States by the America First Party, an edited edition was released. Edited by William Faulkner, Joyce considered this adaptation “pure butchery” and eventually said that he’d not publish in the US until they agreed to leave his works alone.

Guns and Roses in the time of Swine Flu
 
Guns and Roses in the time of Swine Flu
Title of a novel released in 2004. Set in a world of anthropomorphic animals that are trying to survive though a zombie-pig apocalypse known as the Swine Flu, it centers around the relationship between Gilbert, a duck fighting against the "zompigs" (as they are called), and Henrietta, a chicken who owns a flower shop. The novel became a big success upon it's release, with many applauding it's charater writing, worldbuilding, and managing to balance the sillyness of it's setting and the seriousness of the damage that the Swine Flu has inflicted. It would later spawn a franchise that includes several more books, spinoffs, and a show that aired on Cartoon Network from 2008 to 2012.

Revenge of the Smurfs
 
A movie about the rise of a juvenile gang known as 'the Smurfs', based on a graphic novel of the same name by Enki Bilal.

Star Trek V: Dawn of the dead
The much panned Star Trek film that effectively killed the franchise until it was revived in 2020 by Jordan Peele. The plot of the film involved Kirk and Spock finding out that evil warlords and dictators were crossing into our timeline and trying to take over not just our universe, but all universes.

The main culprit was a villain named Commander Bon Numa, who was killed by the federation s century earlier, but conquered the whole universe in another timeline and get revenge on starfleet.

While not the worst Star Trek film, it’s complicated plot alienated many fans and killed off any plans for revival.

Jens Olson and the Great Fargo Freakout
 
Mellow Yellow's Revenge
A comic book that featured the eponymous villain Mellow Yellow who had the power to make anything he touched into a Banana. This ability also worked on living beings and his abilities in the comic allowed him to go on a killing spree by turning various high ranking politicians and corporate executives into Bananas. He was given no backstory within the comic itself but later on Marvel would give him the backstory of being a deranged scientist that experimented with fruits and fell into a bunch of chemicals with bananas. He was defeated within the comic by Thor after he being hit by thunderbolts fired at him by the hero.
The story was receives with an “eh” reaction and most forgot about its villain until he was reintroduced as a threat within “Ultimate Wars” crisis comic.
War, Currency, and Holy Virtues
 
War, Currency, and Holy Virtues
Translated title of a German text written by economist Martin Luther. Luther's work attempts to combine the three facets of the Germany of his day: the military, trade, and the church. Future scholars would chide Luther for focusing too much on the last of these; Luther, for his part, admitted that he had considered becoming a monk after a lightning strike nearly killed him, but was talked out of it by his father, though his interest in religious matters would remain with him for the rest of his life.

We Need Everything, and in Large Amounts
 
We Need Everything, and in Large Amounts
An alleged quote from British Field Marshall Arthur Edmund "Achilles" Allenby, Lord Allenby when the British Expeditionary Force was about to intervene into the western front on behalf of the French Forces during the early stages of the Great War, although there is no conclusive evidence if he actually said that.

The Relationship between the People and the State (1902)
 
An alleged quote from British Field Marshall Arthur Edmund "Achilles" Allenby, Lord Allenby when the British Expeditionary Force was about to intervene into the western front on behalf of the French Forces during the early stages of the Great War, although there is no conclusive evidence if he actually said that.

The Relationship between the People and the State (1902)
A book by a famous German political scientist and philosopher Albrecht von Hohenberg describing the evolution of society and state and how their relationship evolved over time. He reviews various hypotheses about the genesis of state and combines them into the so called Dual Theory.

The Adventures of Shirley Holmes and Professor Bateson
 
The Adventures of Shirley Holmes and Professor Bateson
Wilkin Edwin Boyle's massive popular book series from 1903 to 1911 that spans 7 books. Based on Boyle's deep love for adventuring and exploring the whole world, the books were all in honor of his wife Shirley Holmes Boyle and his former professor from Oxford University Benjamin Bateson, both of whom had passed away during the horrific influenza epidemic of the winter of 1901-02 that struck the United Kingdoms of Albion and Ireland. Boyle survived that epidemic only for him to passed away from compilations in 1912. His book series endeared the hearts and minds of the children of Albion and Ireland, teaching them about exploring different parts of the world and learning about other cultures including their own.

The Great War And The Nihilism That Came After (1950)
 
Wilkin Edwin Boyle's massive popular book series from 1903 to 1911 that spans 7 books. Based on Boyle's deep love for adventuring and exploring the whole world, the books were all in honor of his wife Shirley Holmes Boyle and his former professor from Oxford University Benjamin Bateson, both of whom had passed away during the horrific influenza epidemic of the winter of 1901-02 that struck the United Kingdoms of Albion and Ireland. Boyle survived that epidemic only for him to passed away from compilations in 1912. His book series endeared the hearts and minds of the children of Albion and Ireland, teaching them about exploring different parts of the world and learning about other cultures including their own.

The Great War And The Nihilism That Came After (1950)
A documentary movie by an American director James Leland Harris describing World War I and how it affected the development of culture in 1920s the decline of haute culture and the rise of what he considered to be nihilistic culture - much simpler and more pessimistic.

Sergey Bondarchuk's How the East Was Won.
 
Sergey Bondarchuk's How the East Was Won.
How the East Was Won (1955) was Bondarchuk's documentary film on how the Imperial German, Swedish, Danubian forces barely won an absolutely gruesome pyrrhic victory in the Eastern Front against Imperial Russia during the Great War (1913 - 1919). The film lamented on the losses of the young impressionable men whom Death took them too early in their livelihoods when the Great War happened. The film also stated there was a massive civilian population decline when the Eastern Front was settled in 1917 when internal unrest was popping all over Russia that escalated into the Russian Civil War (1917 - 1923) between the Radical Republicans and loyalist supporters of Tsar Constantine II.

President George Washington Morris and the Great War (1945)
 
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President George Washington Morris and the Great War (1945)
A work of Alternate History,the book’s premise is about what if instead of Woodrow Wilson having become POTUS it was instead the fictional character of George Washington Morris?
The summary of the book’s contents are:
We see President Morris as he is giving a very harsh verbal criticism of a senator for refusing to vote for declaring war on Germanny in 1916 over the continued used of unrestricted submarine warfare that had ended the lives of a noticed number of Americans,it then proceeds to cut toward the US declaring war on the Central Powers and the reaction of the Kaiser to the news. The book then proceeds to provide an excessive amount of detail regarding Morris’ cabinet having some laughter. After that it jumps forward a year with showing Morris declaring a new era of piece following the defeat of the Central Powers and the creation of the Coalition of Polities.
The book was received poorly and mostly forgotten outside a few AH circles.
The History Of The Red Bear
 
The History Of The Red Bear
A chronicle of the history of socialist student groups at the University of California-Berkeley, long known as a vanguard of socialist politics in the Pacific Republic. The book particularly goes into detail about the so called “Red Bear” movement that funneled radical UCB students into armies fighting for socialism around the world including the Russo-German war of 1941 , and the Patagonian Workers Revolution .


Labor v. Labour
 
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Labor v. Labour
The famous thesis of Canadian author Frederick Goulin, who describes in his piece the linked history between the Labour party of Great Britain and Ireland and the Labor party of the United States of America, and how their different aproach to politics, socialism and the proletariat would break into a full schism that would lead to more than 20 years of bad relations between America and Britain. Frederick, in his book, theorizes that if the break between the two parties had not happened Britain would have never joined the Council of European Nations.

The Red Storm
 
The Red Storm
A history book by Alexander Smith regarding “Operation Pluto” by the USSR that saw them defeating the Japanese surprisingly easily and installing the “Dongbei People’s Republic” as a puppet state during the year 1937 in what many here would call “Manchuria”,detailing the tactics used and how the puppet state that was established was ran.It was published 2 years after the USSR had collapsed in 1993,being received relatively well and selling higher than expected considering its obscure topic to Western readers.
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The Masters Of Time
 
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The Masters Of Time
Comic book that inspired the successful Webflix adaptation.
It concerned the eponymous Masters of Time who acted through people recruited throughout history in order to fight an enemy determined to changed history, known only as The Enemy (of Time).
The comic was unusual in that no single character was supposed to be followed throughout and instead you had a single cast for each storyline. Interestingly enough each comic had scenes featuring a character in the background wearing a multicolored scarf who was pivotal in some minor way to the resolution.

Mourning Morning
 
Mourning Morning
An old work song created by negro slaves in the Confederate States of America. The song talks about a slave fearing the morning beating by his master, and how he wishes he could stay asleep. The song was oft mentioned as one of the saddest negro songs ever written. It even was banned in the Confederate States of Mississippi and Alabama. The song also became popular in the Union States, the Pacific Republic, and even Deseret when it was covered by a number of old-time bands, first made up of artists in blackface, but later by black musical artists who covered the song. Eventually it became an a kind of anthem for blacks in the CSA as they worked for more rights, and its most notable performance was by singer and former slave Sam Cook at the Confederate Whitehouse after the first full democratic election led to the election of president Martin Luther King in 1988.

John and Sherlock Holmes Fistfight in Heaven.
 
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