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Background is an forever interesting subject, yet one point of it that truly grabs me is replacement background, that small query with never-ending probabilities: What if? a lot of the area can be completely replaced if pivotal occasions had long past a distinct method – right here you could get pleasure from ten histories we haven’t lived, yet may simply have performed so…

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There would have been no civil war, certainly, and I think if there was no communism there probably would have been no World War II either, because this [conflict] broke out only because communists in Germany helped Hitler come to power, and in August 1939 Russia gave him carte blanche to launch a war against Poland, France and England. I can’t guarantee [there would have been no war], but, you know, the Russians certainly helped Hitler come to power. If the communists [in Germany] in 1933 had aligned themselves with the social democrats they would have won the elections [rather than Hitler’s Nazi party].

It was a disaster in every respect. Tens of millions of people perished. It’s true that they built up their industries, but the bulk of their industries were directed towards the military. And, as you can see today, after all these years of communism, Russia cannot export anything abroad except primary materials. You don’t see any Russian consumer goods; all the consumer goods that we import here come from China, not from Russia. [Before the Bolshevik uprising] Russia was developing very rapidly towards an industrial country.

How would it be different? Real timeline l Cuba armed with nuclear weapons The Soviet Union – partially in response to the US placing missiles in Turkey – begins building missile facilities in Cuba capable of launching nuclear weapons at the USA. August 1962 Soviet Union l The US discovers weapons on Cuba After a U-2 spy plane flying over western Cuba finds missile sites, the US begins considering both diplomatic and military actions. 14 October 1962 l Naval blockade of Cuba Following consideration of an invasion, President Kennedy instead opts to ‘quarantine’ Cuba with a naval blockade to prevent any more Soviet ships from reaching the island.

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