History Literature / TheManInTheHighCastle

16th Jan '17 12:44:21 PM Morgenthaler
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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 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 UsefulNotes/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 UsefulNotes/NaziGermany 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 Imperial Japan 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 SpaceColdWar paralleling the RealLife one between NATO and the Warsaw Pact.



* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: ImperialJapan. It's still an oppressive dystopia, but definitely not as bad as Nazi Germany; the Japanese characters (Mr Tagomi, the Kasoura couple, General Tedeki) are also treated much more sympathetically than the German characters. Much of Imperial Japan's racism against non-Japanese is downplayed well below historical levels as well. However, it's possible that this is mainly a local thing. After twenty years of living in their newly conquered territories, it is quite likely that the Japanese living in America would have picked up aspects of their new location and wards, as the British did in India.

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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: ImperialJapan.UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan. It's still an oppressive dystopia, but definitely not as bad as Nazi Germany; the Japanese characters (Mr Tagomi, the Kasoura couple, General Tedeki) are also treated much more sympathetically than the German characters. Much of Imperial Japan's racism against non-Japanese is downplayed well below historical levels as well. However, it's possible that this is mainly a local thing. After twenty years of living in their newly conquered territories, it is quite likely that the Japanese living in America would have picked up aspects of their new location and wards, as the British did in India.
29th Dec '16 1:00:02 AM Mr.Bubbles
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* SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil: The Nazis have reinstated the enslavement of Africans in both Europe and the United States.
21st Dec '16 7:20:00 AM Morgenthaler
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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.
21st Dec '16 7:19:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Terraform}}: The Nazis have drained much of the Mediterranean Sea and turned it into arable farmland. There's also mention of them launching space exploration and establishing colonies on Mars and Venus (but bear in mind that in 1962, when the book was written, it was not yet known that those planets were as inhospitable as they are).

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* {{Terraform}}: The Nazis have drained much of the Mediterranean Sea and turned it into arable farmland. There's also mention of them launching space exploration and establishing colonies on Mars and Venus (but bear in mind that in 1962, when the book was written, it was not yet known that [[VenusIsWet those planets were as inhospitable as they are).are]]).
20th Dec '16 7:12:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* FinalSolution: The Holocaust was completed. American 'Useless Mouths' (the disabled and elderly) are also disposed of.



* UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust: Completed. American 'Useless Mouths' (the disabled and elderly) are also disposed of.
14th Dec '16 3:19:36 AM Theriocephalus
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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 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 the Commonwealth and, many years down the track, occupy The 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}} RealLife one between NATO and the Warsaw Pact.
3rd Dec '16 2:45:18 PM Odacon_Spy
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Dick was lambasted by his Japanese translator for confusing "inferior" Chinese culture (Taoism, Confusianism, the I-Ching) with Japanese culture.


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* InterchangeableAsianCultures: Dick was lambasted by his Japanese translator for confusing "inferior" Chinese culture (Taoism, Confucianism, the I-Ching) with Japanese culture.
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]]
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