Tagged: counterfactual history

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The Best Leaders We’ve Never Had? A Review of ‘Prime Minister Corbyn’

As we have discussed on this site before, counterfactual history is a very useful, yet undervalued tool of historical analysis. When taken seriously, it offers a unique instrument for measuring the impact of particular events, decisions or personalities, by enabling historians to construct realities in which they did not exist or...

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Not (just) a Parlour Game: in Defence of Counterfactual History

The classic examples roll off the tongue easily, crystallized into cliché by decades of pop culture exposure: What if the Third Reich had won the Second World War? What if the Spanish Armada had not failed in 1588? What if the Confederacy had triumphed in the US Civil War in...