History Literature / TheManInTheHighCastle

18th Jul '17 5:55:21 PM nombretomado
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** By modern AH standards, the Nazis and Japanese conquering the USA by 1947 is rather unrealistic (even Hitler himself, in his long-term plans, thought conquering the USA would not be possible for the Germans until TheEighties). This is because Dick did not have access to much of the data about WW2 that has become common knowledge since then but was still classified in TheSixties when he wrote the novel.

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** By modern AH standards, the Nazis and Japanese conquering the USA by 1947 is rather unrealistic (even Hitler himself, in his long-term plans, thought conquering the USA would not be possible for the Germans until TheEighties). This is because Dick did not have access to much of the data about WW2 [=WW2=] that has become common knowledge since then but was still classified in TheSixties when he wrote the novel.



* DeliberateValuesDissonance: With all the characters, but especially Robert Childan. Deliberate, as they live in a world where the Nazis / Imperial Japanese won World War II and divided up the entire world between them, which would no doubt result in a drastic shifting in the dominant attitudes and cultural mores. This is done particularly cleverly with how ''The Grasshopper Lies Heavy'', an AH-within-AH in which the Allies win WW2, is different from our own history. It's informed by the sensibilities of the author Abendsen, influenced by the Nazi-dominated world in which he lives, so it assumes that after the defeat of Germany the Cold War will be between the USA and the British Empire, as those subhuman Slavs in the USSR will never amount to anything. And in the end Britain wins the Cold War, because it is more racially pure than the USA and therefore superior.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: With all the characters, but especially Robert Childan. Deliberate, as they live in a world where the Nazis / Imperial Japanese won World War II and divided up the entire world between them, which would no doubt result in a drastic shifting in the dominant attitudes and cultural mores. This is done particularly cleverly with how ''The Grasshopper Lies Heavy'', an AH-within-AH in which the Allies win WW2, [=WW2=], is different from our own history. It's informed by the sensibilities of the author Abendsen, influenced by the Nazi-dominated world in which he lives, so it assumes that after the defeat of Germany the Cold War will be between the USA and the British Empire, as those subhuman Slavs in the USSR will never amount to anything. And in the end Britain wins the Cold War, because it is more racially pure than the USA and therefore superior.
17th Apr '17 11:11:56 AM Golondrina
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* LesCollaborateurs: Robert Childan. He is intimidated by and subservient to the Japanese ruling class, while privately hating them and being contemptuous of them.



* LesCollaborateurs: Robert Childan. He is intimidated by and subservient to the Japanese ruling class, while privately hating them and being contemptuous of them.
13th Mar '17 12:08:26 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* RegionalRedecoration: The Nazis performed a non-violent version of this with the Mediterranean. See {{Terraform}} below.
11th Feb '17 6:51:46 PM MockFerret
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* TheUnreveal: We [[NothingIsScarier never find out]] exactly what the Nazis did to Africa, as none of the characters like to think about it too hard. Whatever it was, the implication is that it makes genocide look like a serious understatement.
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.
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