History Literature / TheManInTheHighCastle

19th Apr '16 7:10:36 AM jake38
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A pilot episode for a [[Series/TheManInTheHighCastle live-action adaptation]] of the novel was released for Amazon Prime's new season of pilots. After critical acclaim, Amazon ordered an entire series. Please put tropes associated with the series on [[Series/TheManInTheHighCastle that page]].

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A pilot episode for a [[Series/TheManInTheHighCastle live-action adaptation]] of the novel was released for Amazon Prime's new season of pilots. After critical acclaim, it aired, Amazon ordered an entire series. Please put tropes associated with the series on [[Series/TheManInTheHighCastle that page]].
2nd Mar '16 5:33:43 PM MAI742
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* UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust: Completed. American 'Useless Mouths' (the disabled and elderly) are also disposed of.
2nd Mar '16 5:13:11 PM MAI742
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* AmericaWonWorldWarII: Inverted and Played Straight at the same time. Obviously, America ''doesn't'' win the war in this timeline, but the timeline's main point of divergence is Franklin Roosevelt's assassination, which meant that America stayed isolationist and didn't get involved in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, implying that the Allies never could have won the war without America's help[[note]] Which is certainly true for Chiang Kai-Shek's Nationalist/Free China, which was completely dependent on American loans to survive after Soviet aid was withdrawn in 1940. US manpower also made an invasion of continental Europe by the British without a WWI-style expenditure of blood. US lend-lease also saved hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Soviet lives through various means - not least through the provision of combat vehicles in 1941-2 (when the obsolte tanks and fighters provided to the Soviets were literally better than nothing) and raw resources in the 1944 (before Soviet sources had been completely restored). While defeat of the Soviet Union would not be guaranteed even if Japan fought a one-front war against them, it was actually possible without American aid.[[/note]]

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* AmericaWonWorldWarII: Inverted and Played Straight at the same time. Obviously, America ''doesn't'' win the war in this timeline, but the timeline's main point of divergence is Franklin Roosevelt's assassination, which meant that America stayed isolationist and didn't get involved in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, implying that the Allies never could have won the war without America's help[[note]] help.[[note]] Which is certainly true for Chiang Kai-Shek's Nationalist/Free China, which was completely dependent on American loans to survive after Soviet aid was withdrawn in 1940. 1941. US manpower also made an invasion of continental Europe by the British Commonwealth without too much use of non-white manpower or a WWI-style expenditure of blood. blood possible. Finally, US lend-lease also saved hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Soviet lives through various means - not least through the provision of food, which suffered after the Germans captured (and later razed when retreating) a third of the Soviet Union's farmland, the provision of combat vehicles in 1941-2 (when the obsolte tanks and fighters provided to the Soviets were literally better than nothing) and the provision of raw resources in the 1944 (before liberated Soviet sources mines had been completely restored). repaired). While defeat of the Soviet Union would not be was far from guaranteed even if Japan fought a one-front joined the war against them, it was actually possible without American aid.aid [[/note]]
2nd Mar '16 5:07:59 PM MAI742
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* AmericaWonWorldWarII: Inverted and Played Straight at the same time. Obviously, America ''doesn't'' win the war in this timeline, but the timeline's main point of divergence is Franklin Roosevelt's assassination, which meant that America stayed isolationist and didn't get involved in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, implying that the Allies never could have won the war without America's help[[note]] Which is certainly true for Chiang Kai-Shek's Nationalist/Free China, which was completely dependent on American loans to survive after Soviet aid was withdrawn in 1940. US manpower also made an invasion of continental Europe by the British possible, or at least possible without a WWI-style expenditure of blood. US lend-lease gave Soviet mobile formations the radios and trucks they needed to make extraordinarily deep offensive pushes, without which they would have been confined to more limited operations. Operations like ''Uranus'' (Stalingrad encirclement) and ''Mars'' (Rzhev-Vyazma encirclement) would still have been possible, but other key campaigns such as ''Saturn'' (east Ukrainian follow-up to Uranus) and ''Bagration'' (annihilation of Army Group Center in Belarus) could not have been sustained beyond the opening moves. Additionally, American Lend-Lease provided thousands of fighting vehicles, including tanks, halftracks, jeeps, and armored cars when the Redds desperately needed them. Nearly all of the Red Army's logistical support vehicles and most of their railroad rolling stock was made in the USA. Soviet [=LaGG-3=], [=Yak-1=], and [=MiG-3=] fighters were poorly-designed, underpowered, and easy meat for the Luftwaffe, so the Red Air Force held the line in 1942-43 with American P-39 Airacobras (which Russian pilots lovingly nicknamed "Dear Little Cobra"), until more capable Russian designs came online in 1944. The USSR also benefited from the US strategic bombing campaign, which from 1943 onward forced the Germans to pull more and more fighters back from the front lines to defend the heart of the reich, leaving less opposition to prevent Soviet bombers from pulverizing German formations on the ground. That's before we even look at the scenario of a simultaneous Japanese invasion in the East (something Stalin and his high command ''deeply'' feared. At the very least, the USSR's already-astronomical butcher's bill would have been significantly multiplied. Defeat of the Soviet Union would not be guaranteed, but definitely possible without American aid buying them time to become the unstoppable juggernaut that flattened Berlin in 1945.[[/note]]

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* AmericaWonWorldWarII: Inverted and Played Straight at the same time. Obviously, America ''doesn't'' win the war in this timeline, but the timeline's main point of divergence is Franklin Roosevelt's assassination, which meant that America stayed isolationist and didn't get involved in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, implying that the Allies never could have won the war without America's help[[note]] Which is certainly true for Chiang Kai-Shek's Nationalist/Free China, which was completely dependent on American loans to survive after Soviet aid was withdrawn in 1940. US manpower also made an invasion of continental Europe by the British possible, or at least possible without a WWI-style expenditure of blood. US lend-lease gave also saved hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Soviet mobile formations lives through various means - not least through the radios provision of combat vehicles in 1941-2 (when the obsolte tanks and trucks they needed to make extraordinarily deep offensive pushes, without which they would have been confined to more limited operations. Operations like ''Uranus'' (Stalingrad encirclement) and ''Mars'' (Rzhev-Vyazma encirclement) would still have been possible, but other key campaigns such as ''Saturn'' (east Ukrainian follow-up to Uranus) and ''Bagration'' (annihilation of Army Group Center in Belarus) could not have been sustained beyond the opening moves. Additionally, American Lend-Lease fighters provided thousands of fighting vehicles, including tanks, halftracks, jeeps, to the Soviets were literally better than nothing) and armored cars when the Redds desperately needed them. Nearly all of the Red Army's logistical support vehicles and most of their railroad rolling stock was made raw resources in the USA. 1944 (before Soviet [=LaGG-3=], [=Yak-1=], and [=MiG-3=] fighters were poorly-designed, underpowered, and easy meat for the Luftwaffe, so the Red Air Force held the line in 1942-43 with American P-39 Airacobras (which Russian pilots lovingly nicknamed "Dear Little Cobra"), until more capable Russian designs came online in 1944. The USSR also benefited from the US strategic bombing campaign, which from 1943 onward forced the Germans to pull more and more fighters back from the front lines to defend the heart of the reich, leaving less opposition to prevent Soviet bombers from pulverizing German formations on the ground. That's before we even look at the scenario of a simultaneous Japanese invasion in the East (something Stalin and his high command ''deeply'' feared. At the very least, the USSR's already-astronomical butcher's bill would have sources had been significantly multiplied. Defeat completely restored). While defeat of the Soviet Union would not be guaranteed, but definitely guaranteed even if Japan fought a one-front war against them, it was actually possible without American aid buying them time to become the unstoppable juggernaut that flattened Berlin in 1945.aid.[[/note]]
1st Jan '16 12:22:54 PM Exxolon
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''The Man in the High Castle'', published in 1962, is not only one of the defining works of Creator/PhilipKDick's career, but also one of the seminal AlternateHistory novels. The novel, which won the Hugo Award, goes through the looking glass into a then-contemporary United States. After [[ForWantOfANail the assassination]] of UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt in 1933, the USA did not embargo ImperialJapan over her occupation of China and so stayed out of UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo. Free China fell and, invaded in two theatres, the USSR was eventually defeated. With all of Eurasia's resources at their disposal Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan went on to defeat The Commonwealth and, many years down the track, occupy The Americas. By the time the novel begins ImperialJapan has occupied the west coast of the USA, Nazi Germany has made a puppet state out of the east, and both superpowers have fallen into a UsefulNotes/ColdWar paralleling the {{RealLife}} one between NATO and the Warsaw Pact.

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''The '''''The Man in the High Castle'', Castle''''', published in 1962, is not only one of the defining works of Creator/PhilipKDick's career, but also one of the seminal AlternateHistory novels. The novel, which won the Hugo Award, goes through the looking glass into a then-contemporary United States. After [[ForWantOfANail the assassination]] of UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt in 1933, the USA did not embargo ImperialJapan over her occupation of China and so stayed out of UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo. Free China fell and, invaded in two theatres, the USSR was eventually defeated. With all of Eurasia's resources at their disposal Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan went on to defeat The Commonwealth and, many years down the track, occupy The Americas. By the time the novel begins ImperialJapan has occupied the west coast of the USA, Nazi Germany has made a puppet state out of the east, and both superpowers have fallen into a UsefulNotes/ColdWar paralleling the {{RealLife}} one between NATO and the Warsaw Pact.
30th Dec '15 8:37:21 PM FordPrefect
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* InscrutableOriental: A few of the Japanese characters, especially Mr. Tagomi, are described this way by white characters. Scenes written from the point of view of Japanese characters, particularly Mr. Tagomi are written in a fragmented yet hyper-theoretical and erudite language, making the train of though seem both unnatural and rather difficult to follow. Anything written from a German or American point of view (except the Japan-ified Childan) is written in straight prose.

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* InscrutableOriental: A few of the Japanese characters, especially Mr. Tagomi, are described this way by white characters. Scenes written from the point of view of Japanese characters, particularly Mr. Tagomi Tagomi, are written in a fragmented yet hyper-theoretical and erudite language, making the train of though thought seem both unnatural and rather difficult to follow. Anything written from a German or American point of view (except the Japan-ified Childan) is written in straight prose.
30th Dec '15 8:31:48 PM FordPrefect
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** Interestingly, this trope is also used by the book-within-a-book ''The Grasshopper Lies Heavy''. The aftermath of World War 2 in that story has Britain and America splitting the world instead, with the USSR being a nonentity. And the British empire, thanks to the authoritarian leadership of Churchill, would eventually beat the Americans. It could be that Dick realized the certain futility of what he was doing with the book itself, and so lampshaded it by introducing the book-within-a-book. It's also played for a certain amount of irony as well; notice how, aside from the Allies winning the war, almost the exact opposite of what Amendsen proposes as happening in ''The Grasshopper Lies Heavy'' happened in the actual world. It was the Soviet Union, not Britain, that became America's post-war Cold War opponent. Far from ruling Britain like an warlord, Churchill was kicked out of office barely two months after Germany's defeat. Far from the British Empire getting stronger and stronger, his replacements began the process of dismantling it. And so on.

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** Interestingly, this trope is also used by the book-within-a-book ''The Grasshopper Lies Heavy''. The aftermath of World War 2 in that story has Britain and America splitting the world instead, with the USSR being a nonentity. And the British empire, thanks to the authoritarian leadership of Churchill, would eventually beat the Americans. It could be that Dick realized the certain futility of what he was doing with the book itself, and so lampshaded it by introducing the book-within-a-book. It's also played for a certain amount of irony as well; notice how, aside from the Allies winning the war, almost the exact opposite of what Amendsen proposes as happening in ''The Grasshopper Lies Heavy'' happened in the actual world. It was the Soviet Union, not Britain, that became America's post-war Cold War opponent. Far from ruling Britain like an a warlord, Churchill was kicked out of office barely two months after Germany's defeat. Far from the British Empire getting stronger and stronger, his replacements began the process of dismantling it. And so on.
29th Dec '15 9:53:02 PM BatmanKalEl
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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Reinhard Heydrich, Josef Goebbels, Hermann Göring, Martin Bormann. None of the Nazi leaders appear in person (apart from a phone conversation with Goebbels), but they're constantly a looming presence.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Reinhard Heydrich, Josef Goebbels, Hermann Göring, Martin Bormann. [[TheGhost None of the Nazi leaders appear in person (apart from a phone conversation with Goebbels), but they're constantly a looming presence.presence]].
20th Dec '15 5:47:27 PM WarriorsGate
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* ForeignCultureFetish: The Japanese occupiers take a patronizing interest in American kitsch, as part of the book's inversion of 20th-century colonialism.
12th Dec '15 1:42:30 AM CassandraLeo
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* UpTheRealRabbitHole: [[spoiler:Tagomi becomes unglued from his reality and travels into what appears to be ours for awhile before drifting back into the setting of the book. Additionally, Abendsen and Juliana find out from the ''I Ching'' in the final scene of the book that ''The Grasshopper'' is actually true and Germany and Japan really lost the war.]]
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