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Best Counterfactual History Books Worth Your Attention

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Counterfactual History books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Virtual History: Alternatives and Counterfactuals (2011)

Best Counterfactual History Books Worth Your AttentionWhat if Britain had stayed out of the First World War? What if Germany had won the Second? How would England look if there had been no Cromwell? What would the world be like if Communism had never collapsed? And what if John F. Kennedy had lived? In this acclaimed book, leading historians from Andrew Roberts to Michael Burleigh explore what might have been if nine of the most decisive moments in modern history had never happened. #1,451,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #188059 in History (Books) #50456 in Engineering (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller…
Author(s): Niall Ferguson

2. Telling It Like It Wasn’t: The Counterfactual Imagination in History and Fiction (2018)

Best Counterfactual History Books Worth Your AttentionInventing counterfactual histories is a common pastime of modern day historians, both amateur and professional. We speculate about an America ruled by Jefferson Davis, a Europe that never threw off Hitler, or a second term for JFK. These narratives are often written off as politically inspired fantasy or as pop culture fodder, but in Telling It Like It Wasn’t, Catherine Gallagher takes the history of counterfactual history seriously, pinning it down as an object of dispassionate study. She doesn’t take a moral or normative stand on the…
Author(s): Catherine Gallagher

3. Counterfactuals: Paths of the Might have Been (2019)

Best Counterfactual History Books Worth Your AttentionWhat are counterfactuals and what is their point? In many cases, none at all. It may be true that if kangaroos didn’t have tails, they would fall over, but they do have tails and if they didn’t they wouldn’t be kangaroos (or would they?). This is the sort of thing that can give counterfactuals a bad name, as inhabitants of a La La Land of the mind. On the other hand, counterfactuals do useful service across a broad range of disciplines in both the sciences and the humanities, including philosophy, history, cosmology, biology, cognitive psychology, jurisprudence, economics, art history,…
Author(s): Christopher Prendergast

4. Decision at Antietam: A counterfactual history of the Civil War (2018)

Best Counterfactual History Books Worth Your AttentionCould the South have won the Civil War? This question has been asked and answered affirmatively dozens of times. But how likely was it, in reality? Now Andrew J. Heller (Gray Tide in the East) explores this fascinating subject using the tool of counterfactual analysis, instead of uninformed opinion, to look for an answer in Decision at Antietam. As always, Heller rests his arguments on solid research of the historical records and the works of reputable historians, both scholarly and popular, to which he adds his own imaginative, yet authentic, eyewitness accounts. A seamless blend of fiction and fact, Decision at Antietam is a convincing and…
Author(s): Andrew J. Heller

5. What Ifs? of American History: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been (What If Essays) (2004)

Best Counterfactual History Books Worth Your AttentionDid Eisenhower avoid a showdown with Stalin by not taking Berlin before the Soviets? What might have happened if JFK hadn’t been assassinated? This new volume in the widely praised series presents fascinating “what if…” scenarios by such prominent historians as: Robert Dallek, Caleb Carr, Antony Beevor, John Lukacs, Jay Winick, Thomas Fleming, Tom Wicker, Theodore Rabb, Victor David Hansen, Cecelia Holland, Andrew Roberts, Ted Morgan, George Feifer, Robert L. O’Connell, Lawrence Malkin, and John F. Stacks.Included are two essential bonus essays reprinted from the original bestseller -David McCullough…
Author(s): Robert Cowley

6. Hitler Triumphant: Alternate Histories of World War II (2011)

Best Counterfactual History Books Worth Your AttentionWhat if the Allies had been defeated at Normandy? What if the German airborne had kept its wings after the capture of Crete? How would Britain have stood up in the face of tyranny after the fall of France should Winston Churchill have been absent from office? In this fascinating collection of alternate outcomes to some of the most pivotal moments of World War II, Peter G. Tsouras has assembled top historians and military analysts to discuss alternate realities where slightly different circumstances could have led to German victory. #590,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #436 in Nuclear Weapons & Warfare…
Author(s): Peter G. Tsouras

7. Altered Pasts: Counterfactuals in History (2016)

Best Counterfactual History Books Worth Your AttentionA bullet misses its target in Sarajevo, a would-be Austrian painter gets into the Viennese academy, Lord Halifax becomes British prime minister in 1940: seemingly minor twists of fate on which world-shaking events might have hinged.Alternative history has long been the stuff of parlour games, war-gaming and science fiction, but over the past few decades it has become a popular stomping ground for serious historians. Richard J. Evans now turns a critical, slightly jaundiced eye on the subject. Altered Pasts examines the intellectual fallout from historical counterfactuals….
Author(s): Evans FBA FRSL FRHistS, Sir Richard J.

8. Causation and Counterfactuals (Representation and Mind series) (2004)

Best Counterfactual History Books Worth Your AttentionOne philosophical approach to causation sees counterfactual dependence as the key to the explanation of causal facts: for example, events c (the cause) and e (the effect) both occur, but had c not occurred, e would not have occurred either. The counterfactual analysis of causation became a focus of philosophical debate after the 1973 publication of the late David Lewis’s groundbreaking paper, “Causation,” which argues against the previously accepted “regularity” analysis and in favor of what he called the “promising alternative” of the counterfactual…
Author(s): John Collins, Ned Hall, et al.

9. A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II (2005)

Best Counterfactual History Books Worth Your AttentionIn a new edition featuring a new preface, A World of Arms remains a classic of global history. Widely hailed as a masterpiece, this volume remains the first history of World War II to provide a truly global account of the war that encompassed six continents. Starting with the changes that restructured Europe and its colonies following the First World War, Gerhard Weinberg sheds new light on every aspect of World War II. Actions of the Axis, the Allies, and the Neutrals are covered in every theater of the war. More importantly, the global nature of the war is…
Author(s): Gerhard L. Weinberg

10. Altered Pasts: Counterfactuals in History (The Menahem Stern Jerusalem Lectures) (2014)

Best Counterfactual History Books Worth Your AttentionA bullet misses its target in Sarajevo, a would-be Austrian painter gets into the Viennese academy, Lord Halifax becomes British prime minister in 1940 instead of Churchill: seemingly minor twists of fate on which world-shaking events might have hinged. Alternative history has long been the stuff of parlor games, war-gaming, and science fiction, but over the past few decades it has become a popular stomping ground for serious historians. The historian Richard J. Evans now turns a critical, slightly jaundiced eye on a subject typically the purview of…
Author(s): Richard J. Evans, Hedva Ben-Israel

11. Unmaking the West: “What-If?” Scenarios That Rewrite World History (2006)

Best Counterfactual History Books Worth Your AttentionWhat if the Persians had won at Salamis? What if Christ had not been crucified? What if the Chinese had harnessed steam power before the West? Disparaged by some as a mere parlor game, counterfactual history is seen by others as an indispensable historical tool. Taking as their point of inquiry the debate over the inevitability of the rise of the West, the eminent scholars in Unmaking the West argue that there is no escaping counterfactual history. Whenever we make claims of cause and effect, we commit ourselves to the assumption that if key links in the causal chain were broken, history would have…
Author(s): Philip Tetlock, Richard Ned Lebow, et al.

Books shelved as counterfactual-history: The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick, 11/22/63 by Stephen King, Wenn das der Führer wüßte by Otto Basil, Counterfactual History genre: new releases and popular books, including The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick, 11/22/63 by Stephen King, Wenn das Counterfactual history, also sometimes referred to as virtual history, is a form of historiography that attempts to answer “what if” questions known as counterfactuals. Black and MacRaild provide this definition: “It is, at the very root, the idea of conjecturing on what did not happen, or what might have happened, in order to understand what History books ‘What if’ is a waste of time Counterfactual history is misguided and outdated, as the first world war debate shows Richard J Evans.

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Altered Pasts: Counterfactuals in History

Author(s): Richard J. Evans
Publisher: Brandeis University Press / Historical Society of Israel, Year: 2013, Size: 447 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2275197

Virtual History: Alternatives and Counterfactuals

Author(s): Niall Ferguson
Publisher: Basic Books, Year: 2000, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 256768

Virtual History: Alternatives And Counterfactuals

Author(s): Niall Ferguson
Publisher: Basic Books, Year: 1999, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 389423

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly hot items according to Los Angeles Times, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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