Recent content by David T

  1. Nixon (Not That One!) Converts JFK to Communism

    "In one memorable exchange with Russ Nixon, one of Kennedy’s former Harvard professors, Kennedy asked Nixon to defend the communists’ willingness to “resort to all sorts of artifices, evasions, subterfuges, only so as to get into the trade unions and remain in them and to carry on Communist work...
  2. Titanic do not hit ice berg, what is the impact of the coal fire

    Without the *Titanic* disaster, and the resulting demand for lifeboats for all, there might never have been an *Eastland* disaster (which killed more passengers than the *Titanic*: "Court decisions blamed improperly weighted ballast tanks for the disaster. But transportation historian George W...
  3. What if Eisenhower dies in 54?

    No. Eisenhower's first heart attack was in September 1955. https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/president-eisenhower-14-billion-heart-000000730.html There are many reasons this makes a difference. One obvious one; If Nixon became president in 1954, and was elected in 1956, he woud not be...
  4. Could the Albanian Communist regime have been overthrown in the late 1940s?

    The evidence is pretty strong that the operation would have failed even without Philby. (1) "More recent accounts see Phibly's betrayal as one factor among many and suggest that the operation would have failed regardless." https://books.google.com/books?id=MGZaDwAAQBAJ&pg=PT262 (2)...
  5. What if voting African-Americans stayed 80-90% Republican from 1932-1946?

    The basic problem is that you have to say *why* Balcks would not shift to the Democrats. If its' "No New Deal." that has consequences well beyond the effect on the Black vote.
  6. AHC/WI: The US Declares War on the Ottomans and Gets Involved in the Middle East and Greece

    A post of mine from 2015: It has been mentioned here a few times that the US never declared war on the Ottoman Empire during World War I. However, I would like to explain here in more detail why it did not do so, before speculating on what would have happened if it did. There were certainly...
  7. Democratic Japan

    It is really hard to draw a line between the "democratic" and "miilitarist" or "fascist" era of Japan. There is no clear dividing line the way Hitler's coming to power was in Germany. As late as 1936 there was a moderately free election for the Diet, in which the openly radical right did quite...
  8. Unitary Soviet Russia

    To recycle an old post of mine: --- The problem is that the Bolsheviks in order to win the Civil War, had to appeal to the national sentiments of the non-Russian peoples, who were hostile to the "Russia one and indivisible" ideology of the Whites. To do this, they set up various "autonomous"...
  9. AHC: Have Labour and the Liberals be the two major parties of Britain Politics?

    An old post of mine: Lloyd George tried in 1919 to get the Coalition Liberals to merge with the Conservatives to form a "Centre Party." The decisive opposition to this plan came not from the Conservatives (who knew they would dominate the "new" party, whatever its name) but from the Coalition...
  10. The myth of Rosie the Riveter--and how to make it closer to reality

    I am not by any means denigrating the role played by women in the war effort. I am only pointing out that the way it is often portrayed--women working in heavy industry. building bombers, etc.-- was not as common as is often thought. Obviously, that doen't mean it never happened (16 percent of...
  11. The myth of Rosie the Riveter--and how to make it closer to reality

    A great many stereotypes about American women during World War II-especially their role in war industries--do not really correspond to reality: "Only 8 percent of wives had husbands in the military; a majority of married men were civilians working at home. Most women remained housewives; of 33...
  12. Central Powers victory map 1920.

    I'm not sure Belarus would extend that far east or whether there would even have been a Belarusian state. In OTL, the western borders of Soviet Russia in the Belarus area were actualy to the west of the USSR's borders in OTL under the Treaty of Riga. As I've noted elsewhere, "As for...
  13. Elvis without Parker

    An importnat thig to remember about "Colonel Tom Parker" is that he was in this country illegally. See my post at https://www.alternatehistory.com/forum/threads/trying-to-leave-the-netherlands-in-1929-andreas-van-kuijk-is-arrested-for-murder.465552/#post-18748008: --- Trying to leave the...
  14. 1991 LA governorship race under ranked-choice voting

    Someone who is in third place so far as first-choice voters are concerned can still win--Garcia almost did in NYC.
  15. How would Ukraine develop under the Central Powers

    OK, I am throwing this out not because I think it likely but because I am intrrigued by the idea of a second Sarajevo: Sometime in the 1930's Hetman Skoropadsky's son and heir-apparent Danylo https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danylo_Skoropadskyi is assassinated in Kharkiv. The Ukrainian...
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