When this question is asked, the response from most people is typically something along the lines of...
Treaty of Versailles...Great Depression...etc.etc.etc...The Nazis promised to make things better.
I never understood this argument. People always say that Germans turned to the Nazis because "the economy was bad and the Nazis promised to make things better 🙂 ," but didn't every German party promise "to make things better"? Every political party in human history always "promises to make things better." Germany had a multiparty system with numerous parties. Why did people believe that the Nazis, a group of literal terrorists who tried to overthrow the government (Beer Hall Putsch) whose main leader was a failed artist, would be better able to fulfill those promises than other political parties who made the exact same promises?
I know that the Norse explorers who visited North American had contact with the indigenous peoples living there. When the Norse left, and other Europeans came to North America a few centuries later, did the indigenous peoples recognize them? Were there stories about the Norse that survived to the “rediscovery (I’m lacking a better term)” of the area?
If the Russian Revolution hadn’t happened at the end of WW1 is it possible that the rest of Europe would have formed coalitions against Russia’s new government like they did to France during the napoleonic war?
I was looking at a lot of historical documentaries and was intrigued by how similar the events of the French Revolution and the Russian Revolution were and one question that popped into my mind was “wait, how come Europe didn’t form any coalitions against Russia after they overthrow their monarchy like they did against France/Napoleon since they views him as illegitimate?
The most obvious answer I could come up with was of course because by that point the rest of Europe was exhausted after the events of WW1. But this got me curious:
What if WW1 didn’t happened (at least not by that point) but the overthrowing of the Tsar was(however unlikely it would have been without the war) how likely it would it had been that countries of Europe would have formed coalitions against Russian in an attempt to reinstate the Tsar?
In China, the emperor had a mandate from heaven. In India, there were kings known as devarajas, or god-kings. In Southeast Asia, the king was also seen as divine. In the Islamic world, the title “Caliph” bears religious significance. Do all these societies count as theocracies? Was France under Louis XIV a theocracy?