Graham Stewart

The Armada Victorious

What Might Have Been: Leading Historians on Twelve What Ifs of History

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COUNTER-FACTUAL HISTORY is in fashion. The trend owes much of its current momentum to the commercial success of Virtual History, a volume of ‘what if?’ scenarios published in 1997. With the help of a closely argued introduction by its editor, Niall Ferguson, the book won respectability for a method that had until then been disregarded by many academics as the last redoubt of those who had failed in broadsheet journalism.

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