alternate history question

  1. How powerful could Pre-Islamic Arabia get?

    After the rise of Islam, Arabia was able to not only go toe-to-toe with two of the most powerful empires of its day, but destroy one and give the other a severe beating. This was an enormously pivotal event in world history, and some historians consider it to have been one of the events that...
  2. UoBLoyalist

    Effects of a Russian Constantinople?

    I've always wondered what would be the actual effects of a Russian Constantinople? Denying Russia Constantinople, and therefore access to the Mediterranean, was a central tenet of 19th century British foreign policy, but I've never exactly been sure of what the British were afraid of. Did they...
  3. How early could something like fascism develop?

    Fascism is one of the most notorious ideologies to ever exist, to the point that the word "fascist" is used as a pejorative. However, academic Roger Griffin managed to work out a definition of fascism: To put it more simply, fascism is a far-right ideology that is populist, militarist...
  4. What might a 20th century Chinese dynasty look like?

    I've read that for much of the Republic of China's history, starting sometime during the Warlord Era, there were many who wanted to bring about a new dynasty. Of course, there were two attempts at making China a monarchy again, but neither lasted very long. Let's say that someone succeeds at...
  5. 19th century fascism?

    Since fascism is widely (and rightly) considered to be one of the most despicable ideologies in history, there's been a lot of discussion of its history and ideological underpinnings. While fascism proper got its start in World War I, its has its ideological roots in the fin de siècle movement...
  6. Earliest possible telescope?

    While there are claims that it was invented earlier, the first record of a telescope comes from the Dutch Republic in 1608. How early could the telescope have been invented?
  7. How would other minority groups fare in a victorious CSA?

    I think it goes without saying that a Confederate victory in the ACW would be very bad for Southern African-Americans. Slavery would most likely continue for at least a few decades. But what about other minority groups in the South? What would things be like for them?
  8. No Bantu expansion, who else could fill the role?

    Let's say that, for whatever reason, the Bantu expansion never happens. Are there any other peoples that could do what they did?
  9. Great Britain wins the ARW, how bad are the reprisals?

    Let's say the American Revolutionary War (or whatever it would be called in a hypothetical ATL) ended in a British victory. How bad would the reprisals get, and how much misery in the Thirteen Colonies would there be?
  10. German Unification: How early could it have happened?

    What's the earliest that German unification could have happened?
  11. With no Chandragupta Maurya, how long does the Nanda Empire last?

    Much is uncertain about Chandragupta Maurya (his ancestry, his early life, whether he really did abdicate his throne to become a Jain ascetic, etc.), but there are some things we know about him for certain. One of those certainties is that he conquered the Nanda Empire and replaced it with the...
  12. How early could the German Empire rise?

    How soon after the 1805 dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire could some variant of the German Empire be founded?
  13. Who else could conquer China in the 17th century?

    Are there any groups other than the Manchu that could've defeated the Ming dynasty in the 17th century and conquered China?
  14. Would the ancient Mediterranean have liked tomatoes?

    Much like potatoes in Northern Europe, tomatoes are such a staple of Mediterranean cuisine that it's easy to forget they only started eating them after the Columbian exchange. Up until very late 15th century - at the absolute earliest - there were no tomatoes in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece...
  15. AHQ: What other countries/peoples could "pull a Meiji"?

    Pretty much what the title asks. We all know what Japan accomplished during the Meiji era. Are there other countries/peoples that could pull off some similar feat(s)?