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Other pasts, different presents, alternative futures

Author: Jeremy Black
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2015] ©221E2015
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Scope and content: "What if there had been no World War I or no Russian Revolution? What if Napoleon had won at Waterloo in 1815, or if Martin Luther had not nailed his complaints to the church door at Wittenberg in 1517, or if the South had won the American Civil War? The questioning of apparent certainties or 'known knowns' can be fascinating and, indeed, 'What if?' books are very popular. However, this  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jeremy Black
ISBN: 9780253016973 0253016975 9780253017048 0253017041 9780253017062 0253017068
OCLC Number: 960096039
Description: 1 online resource (254 pages)
Contents: A personal note on life and times --
Types of history --
Power and the struggle for imperial mastery --
The West and the rest --
Britain and France, 1688-1815 --
Counterfactualism in military history --
Into the future --
Skepticism and the historian --
Conclusions --
Postscript

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Black focuses on the role of counterfactualism in demonstrating the part of contingency, and thus human agency, in history, and the salutary critique the approach offers to determinist accounts of  Read more...

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[Black's] illustrative examples of 'what if,' 'how,' and 'why' will make readers sit back and wonder. * Kirkus Reviews * This is the most robust defense of historical counterfactuals to date . . . Read more...

 
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