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A Past of Possibilities : A History of What Could Have Been.

Author: Quentin Deluermoz; Pierre Singaravelou; Stephen W Sawyer
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2021.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What if history, as we know it, had run another course? Touching on alternate histories of the future and the past, or uchronias, A Past of Possibilities encourages deeper consideration of watershed moments in the course of history. Wide-ranging in scope, it examines the Boxer Rebellion in China, the 1848 revolution in France, and the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914, and integrates science fiction,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Deluermoz, Quentin
A Past of Possibilities
New Haven : Yale University Press,c2021
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Quentin Deluermoz; Pierre Singaravelou; Stephen W Sawyer
ISBN: 9780300262858 030026285X
OCLC Number: 1280362583
Notes: Description based upon print version of record.
Description: 1 online resource (393 p.)
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Preface: The Dark Energy of History --
Introduction: On the Edge of History --
PART ONE: INQUIRY --
1 In Thucydides' Wake: An Ancient and Unknown Genealogy --
2 From Delhi to Vienna: Counterfactual History across the World --
3 From Pterodactyls to Piccadilly Circus: Uchronias of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries --
4 The Test of the Social (and Natural) Sciences --
PART TWO: DECODING --
5 The Historical Imagination and Counterfactual Approaches --
6 Causal Inference and Counterfactual Reasoning Interlude: The Dominion of Facts in the Social Sciences, --
7 The Past Futures of Others: Counterfactual Reasoning and Historicity --
8 Political Uses of Counterfactual History --
PART THREE: EXPERIMENTS --
9 Testing Empire: Revisiting Western Domination through Counterfactualism and Possible Futures --
10 "Today, Only the Language of Dreams Can Translate History": Futures of Possibility, Fear, and Hope in 1848 --
11 The Console and the Chalkboard: Replaying History, a "Serious Game"? --
12 Writing History Together: A Reflexive and Participative Historical Essay (11/11/11, Grenoble, France) Conclusion: Becomings in the World --
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