A Past of Possibilities: A History of What Could Have Been
An exploration of hypothetical turning points in history from Ancient Greece to September 11
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, history, historiography, sociology, anthropology, and film. In probing the genre of literature and history that is fascinated with hypotheticals surrounding key points in history, Quentin Deluermoz and Pierre Singaravélou reach beyond a mere reimagining of history, exploring the limits and potentials of the futures past. From the most bizarre fiction to serious scientific hypothesis, they provide a survey of the uses of counterfactual histories, methodological issues on the possible in social sciences, and practical proposals for using alternate histories in research and the wider public.
Cover Half Title Title Page Copyright Contents 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 Notes Index
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