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Altered Pasts: Counterfactuals in History
Richard J. EvansPaper: $29.95
"[A] stimulating, thought-provoking and in places quite humorous book that will be of interest to professionals and lay readers alike."
[A] stimulating, thought-provoking and in places quite humorous book that will be of interest to professionals and lay readers alike.
Evans insists that some things are 'speculation, not history, ' and generally useless--possibly fun, but a distraction from serious business. To those who enjoy such speculation, Evans will seem a bit of a killjoy, and he seems to be fascinated, perhaps in spite of himself, by the subject. His exploration of counterfactual history is in part a history of the topic.
Evans is at his best on questions of historical causation; what was necessary for events to happen the way they did? . . . Altered Pasts brings an impressive historical intelligence to bear on what are too often dismissed as parlour games. . . . Evans makes a bullishly enjoyable primer in the history of what might have been, but it seems unlikely to succeed in making subjunctive history a thing of the past.
Evans makes a very good case for real history.
RICHARD J. EVANS is one of the most prominent and widely read historians working today. His distinguished career, capped by the recent completion of his three-part history of the Third Reich, has placed him at the center of many of the most important historical debates of the past forty years.