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Other pasts, different presents, alternative futures, Jeremy Black

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Other pasts, different presents, alternative futures
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Other pasts, different presents, alternative futures
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Jeremy Black
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Language
eng
Summary
"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 speculative approach, known as counterfactualism, has had limited impact in academic histories, historiography, and the teaching of historical methods. In this book, Jeremy Black offers a short guide to the subject, one that is designed to argue its value as a tool for public and academe alike. 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 past, present, and future"--Provided by publisher
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Title
Other pasts, different presents, alternative futures
Creator
Summary
"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? Thequestioning of apparent certainties or 'known knowns' can be fascinating and, indeed, 'What if?' books are very popular. However, this speculative approach, known as counterfactualism, has had limited impact in academic histories, historiography, and theteaching of historical methods. In this book, Jeremy Black offers a short guide to the subject, one that is designed to argue its value as a tool for public and academe alike. 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 past, present, and future"--Provided by publisher
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Tone
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10438112
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
940
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
D210
LC item number
.B536 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Target audience
adult
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Jeremy M. Black
Other pasts, different presents, alternative futures, Jeremy Black
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Other pasts, different presents, alternative futures, Jeremy Black
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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
Control code
ocn894026182
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Dimensions
23 cm
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Extent
xiii, 236 pages
Isbn
9780253017048
Isbn Type
(paperback : alkaline paper)
Lccn
2015006248
System control number
(OCoLC)894026182

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