Over The Top, Alternative Histories of the First World War

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It is never easy to classify this type of book because it is based on non-fiction but provides what is a fictional alternative history. The approach is entirely valid because history is a series of events that only produced their final story as a series of factors and decisions came together against a background of other events, the local terrain, and the weather. Any small variation in one of perhaps hundreds of elements could have produced an entirely different outcome and shaped a whole series of subsequent events. The text offers some credible alternatives to what actually happened and is based on careful research. There are some good images in the photo plate section and the book will appeal to both the enthusiast and the general reader.

This book provides some credible and compelling alternatives, based on wartime plans and events. A provoking new look at what might have been.

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NAME: Over The Top, Alternative Histories of the First World War
DATE: 180315
FILE: R2172
AUTHOR: edited by, Peter Tsouras, Specer Jones
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, frontline
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 210
PRICE: £25.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWI, The Great War, 1914-1918, The Old Contemptibles, The Contemptable Little Army, Imperial Russia, France, Germany, what-if, America
ISBN: 978-1-84832-753-5
IMAGE: B2172.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: It is never easy to classify this type of book because it is based on non-fiction but provides what is a fictional alternative history. The approach is entirely valid because history is a series of events that only produced their final story as a series of factors and decisions came together against a background of other events, the local terrain, and the weather. Any small variation in one of perhaps hundreds of elements could have produced an entirely different outcome and shaped a whole series of subsequent events. The text offers some credible alternatives to what actually happened and is based on careful research. There are some good images in the photo plate section and the book will appeal to both the enthusiast and the general reader.

WWI was a point where the direction of Europe and the World took a new turn. The events of the war shaped the opinion of societies, political groups, individuals and communities. The botched peace treaty that concluded WWI produced the seeds of a rematch in 1939 that also ended badly for Germany and triggered a lurch in yet another direction. All of this was in contrast to the relatively peace of hundred years that had preceded the Great War.

Before 1914, societies around the world had enjoyed a period of relative prosperity and tranquillity where the future seemed certain. The Ottoman Empire, the British Empire, Germany, France, and Imperial Russia all seemed to be in a stable position with a stable future, but underneath there were tensions and uncertainties that were released by the trauma of a violent war that involved not only the armies and navies, but the new air forces and the civil populations. It was the first total war. It exposed individuals to new experiences and opened new options for the future. Trench warfare forced together people from every walk of life, political background, wealth, or lack of it, education, religion and expectation. This mixing pot was bound to produce some very different colours.

After the end of the Great War, old Empires fell, or started to crumble, new empires began to emerge. Nothing and no one would every be the same again.

This book provides some credible and compelling alternatives, based on wartime plans and events. A provoking new look at what might have been.

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