What are some of the biggest “What ifs” in human history? by QuestionGuy November 29, 2021, 4:57 pm What are some of the biggest “What ifs” in human history? What do you think? 12 Points Upvote Downvote AskAskMebiggesthistoryhumanIFSQuestion and Answer See more Previous article A cross-platform Markdown editor focused on speed and usability Next article TIL Alan Alda met his wife at a mutual friend’s dinner party; when a rum cake accidentally fell onto the kitchen floor, they were the only two guests who did not hesitate to eat it. 39 Comments Leave a Reply What if humans never crossed the Bering Land Bridge? Log in to Reply What if slavery was never a thing anywhere in the world? What if we never dropped the nukes on Japan? Log in to Reply What if Germany had a successful communist revolution in 1918-19? This is one that Marxists have often talked about since then. Much of Bolshevik policy in Russia at the time was centered around desperately holding power until a revolution happened in more developed capitalist countries, providing a possibility of a stable international communist regime with sufficient resources to develop. And given that workers councils did form in Germany during the November 1918 revolution and fall of the kaiser, much like the workers councils that formed in Russia starting in February 1917, a communist revolution in Germany seemed very possible – and indeed was only suppressed over the next couple of years with a great deal of violence. After the revolution failed outside of Russia, and yet the Bolsheviks managed to hold power after a brutal multi-year civil war that led to the creation of a totalitarian one-party state, they were forced by the practical limits of the situation into pursuing a more nationalist, “socialism in one country” policy. Additionally, the constant possibility of the Bolsheviks being overthrown, and their isolation from a largely hostile capitalist world, led to increasing paranoia, use of lies for propaganda, and increasing internal repressive measures – the environment that led Stalin to power. Outside of Russia, the memory of the civil war pushed people to be willing to engage in extreme partisan violence for their ideologies. Additionally, Stalin’s ideological predominance in the communist movement led other revolutionaries to support similarly nationalistic and totalitarian formations – for instance, in China. Additionally, proto-Nazis were actually empowered and armed in an effort to put down the German revolution, and the imminent threat of communist revolution would be the reason why the Nazis could eventually create a sense of emergency that justified them creating a totalitarian one-party state and pushing for war. This was a pattern followed by other countries that fell to fascism in the interwar period as well: right wing dictatorship because the alternative is communism or chaos. Basically, this what-if poses a question of how drastically different the 20th century might have gone. Would a World War 2 still have happened, and what would it have looked like? Could communism had worked had it not started with geopolitical isolation, civil war devastation, and economic underdevelopment? What would the world have looked like? Log in to Reply Gore v Bush in 2000 Maybe we get Osama before the 9/11 attacks because Gore listens to Clinton about the threat. We lead the world on Climate Change, my generation doesn’t spend 20 years at war and we have 11 trillion dollars to spend on domestic programs. Log in to Reply what if i didnt do something? on the other hand, what if i did? Log in to Reply What if the Nazis won the war? What if 9/11 never happened? And what if the new world was never discovered? Log in to Reply what if hitler didnt exist Log in to Reply What if the Dinosaurs never went extinct? Log in to Reply What if the Chernobyl reactor never exploded Log in to Reply What if JFK had never been assassinated Log in to Reply What if Rick Rolling wasn’t a thing? I genuinely think this would cause a shift in our fate as species. Log in to Reply 9/11 is foiled Log in to Reply What if Mary wasnt a virgin Log in to Reply What if the Alexandria Library wasn’t burned?? Log in to Reply What if JFK & MLK were not assassinated? What if the Titanic never sunk? Log in to Reply What if Archduke Ferdinand is not assassinated? Log in to Reply What if people of the world could live in peace and harmony, with a common goal of being good stewards of natural resources? Log in to Reply What if the Tayichi’ud had caught Temüjin when he tried to escape, and executed him? Log in to Reply What if Ceasar was not assassinated? (What would he do?) What if France won the seven year war? (No englisch empire) What if the fourth crusade never happend? (Would Byzanz survive?) Log in to Reply What if Athens and Denocracy had won the war against Sparta? Log in to Reply There’s a french serie of comic books that do just that “what if”, it’s called “Jour J”. For exemple : what if the russians where the first on the moon, what if the germans won WW2…… If you can I recommed checking it out. Log in to Reply What if Gavrilo Princip, the guy who killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand, ate breakfast? The route the Archduke was originally travelling took a detour, discouraged Princip went to a cafe to have a sandwich, when to his disbelief Mr. Archduke comes rolling on through in front of him just a few feet. Pew, pew. WW1. Log in to Reply What if the British empire or any European empire really never existed? I imagine the world would be completely different to what it is now and some countries wouldn’t even exist Log in to Reply What if the guy who created fridges used CBC’s instead of CFC’s? Log in to Reply What if neither JFK or RFK had been assassinated? Log in to Reply what if Lewis and clark failed? Log in to Reply What is there was no world war… Log in to Reply What If your mom?? Log in to Reply The first steam engine was invented in ancient Greece by Hero of Alexandria in the 1st century AD ([https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeolipile](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeolipile)), and then never expanded on until the 1500s. The ancient Greeks could’ve become the first industrial power in the world and we would be living over a thousand years in the future if they expanded on it. Log in to Reply What if Churchill had not invaded Greece and the Germans could have invaded the USSR earlier and successfully take Moscow? Log in to Reply What if alichol had never been invented? Log in to Reply I would say the biggest is “What if the Nazis won?” Log in to Reply What if Cathrine of Aragon had had a son? Would England still be catholic? Would it be Lutheran? Would it have made no difference at all? Log in to Reply What if jesus never existed? Log in to Reply What if Poland was not target of so many bloody invasions over centuries? Log in to Reply What if Lincoln had lived to finish his second term? What if TR had won election in 1912, because World War I began in 1914. What if 9/11 hadn’t happened? Log in to Reply What if a massive tectonic plate shift thousands of years ago broke a continent off into the South Atlantic or somewhere, and another homo species like Neanderthal or Denisovans survived/thrived/even developed sophisticated societies there? What would have happened when we inevitably (re)discovered each other’s existence? Log in to Reply What if Neanderthals had become the dominant hominid instead of Homo sapiens? What if populations of Neanderthals and Denisovans had survived in isolated pockets to the today’s world? Log in to Reply What if 9/11 never happened. The world of aviation wouldn’t be the same. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.