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Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Written by Alternate Historian
Editor says, what if internationalism reigned during the second decade of the twentieth century? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Generals thread.
In 1912,suffering from a combination of exhaustion, starvation and extreme cold, members of Roald Amundsen's expedition were saved from certain death by Robert Falcon Scott's "Terra Nova" scientific mission.
British Scientists save Norwegian ExplorersThe Britons had been collecting meteorological data all the way to the pole when they found the Norwegians.
Paying tribute to the heroic age of Antarctic Exploration, both Governments also heralded the rescue as the embodiment of the growing sense of internationalism that was shaping the twentieth century.
Editor says, in this article we imagine the two competitive missions occuring in a timeline where the world was not hurtling towards the Great War (tentative POD being that Bismarck led a Republican Coup against Kaiser Wilhelm II). Also to celebrate the hundred year anniverary we also make reference to the commonly misunderstood view of Scott's family that he was more positively focus on scientific goals than the race to the pole, so much so he could have been part of an academic mission (as in this post) rather than the Discovery Expedition. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.