In reading a post at OTB on embarrassing quotations from popular historical figures one of the comments lead me to start thinking about what might have happened had the U. S. not entered World War I. It wasn’t a foregone conclusion, you know.
I strongly suspect that World War II would never have taken place and that the world would look very, very different than it does now, although whether for better or worse I’m not entirely certain. Would something resembling what H. G. Wells envisioned in The Shape of Things to Come have happened? I’m thinking more of the exhaustion of the combatants rather than the Utopian condition that emerged thereafter. Or maybe like E. R. Burroughs’s Beyond Thirty?
So, I’m throwing the question open to the floor. What would have happened if the U. S. had not entered World War I? What would it have meant for the U. S.? What would it have meant for the nations of Europe? For their colonies?