Unmaking the West: "What-If?" Scenarios That Rewrite World History

What 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 scholarsWhat 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 unfolded otherwise Likewise, without counterfactual history we all too easily slip into the habit of hindsight bias, forgetting, as soon as we learn what happened, how unpredictable the world looked beforehand, and closing our minds to all the ways the course might have changed This collection is thus both an exploration of alternative scenarios to world history and an exercise in testing the strengths and weaknesses of counterfactual experiments If ever there was an argument for the usefulness of counterfactual history, this admirable, and admirably focused, collection has convincingly made it Robert Cowley, editor of the What If TM series With chapters ranging from politics to war to religion to economics and to science and technology, this is the most thematically wide ranging collection on counterfactuality An intelligent, cutting edge study with important things to say Jonathan C D Clark, Department of History, University of Kansas This volume is likely to become a standard reference in the literature on historical methodology, and could have a dramatic impact on the way future generations of historians approach disciplinary inquiry By allowing readers to share in the doubts and epiphanies that lead up to the authors epistemological revelations, the volume allows readers to grasp the rich potential of approaching their own research from a counterfactual perspective Aaron Belkin, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara Philip E Tetlock is Mitchell Professor, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and author of Expert Political Judgment How Good Is It How Can We Know Richard Ned Lebow is James O Freedman Presidential Professor of Government at Dartmouth College and author of The Tragic Vision of Politics Ethics, Interests and Orders, winner of the Alexander L George Award for the best book in political psychology.Geoffrey Parker is Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History at Ohio State University, a Fellow of the British Academy, and author of The Military Revolution Military Innovation and the Rise of the West, 1500 1800, winner of two book prizes.
Unmaking the West What If Scenarios That Rewrite World History What 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 his

  • Title: Unmaking the West: "What-If?" Scenarios That Rewrite World History
  • Author: Philip E. Tetlock Richard Ned Lebow
  • ISBN: 9780472031436
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Paperback
  • Unmaking the West What If Scenarios That Rewrite World Unmaking the West What If Scenarios That Rewrite World History Philip Tetlock, Richard Ned Lebow, Noel Geoffrey Parker on FREE shipping on qualifying offers What 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 Unmaking the West What If Scenarios That Rewrite World Unmaking the West has ratings and reviews Ron said Do not read this book if you are not prepared for a scholarly discussion as to the usefulness o Unmaking the West University of Michigan Press Geoffrey Parker is Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History at Ohio State University, a Fellow of the British Academy, and author of The Military Revolution Military Innovation and the Rise of the West, , winner of two book prizes. The Un Making of the West, Vol I Whistling Past the The non Westerners abandon their homelands and flee to the West especially en masse and illegally the these immigrants ironically seek to replicate in their new country the very cultural conditions they forsook. Unmaking the West what if Scenarios that Rewrite World 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. Unmaking the West Barnes Noble 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 unfolded otherwise.

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    1. Do not read this book if you are not prepared for a scholarly discussion as to the usefulness of "counter factual history." As with any compilation of essays, some were better written than others. I was reminded again of how scholars think (with end-notes) providing documentation for every point. The essay on the technology and the west reminded me of the technology tree in Civilization. Overall, I am glad I read the book.

    2. This book was unfortunately a great disappointment. I would have given this collection of articles one star, except that I think that the project described within the volume was a worthwhile, if failed, endeavor. The project behind this book was to, using methodological guidelines, create an alternative history in which the East (loosely defined) became industrial leaders ahead of the West (again loosely defined), using the most minimal change possible. Then, given that this occurred, to look to [...]

    3. Aside from a few stellar pieces within, this book's best virtue may be the introduction's spirited case for the place of counterfactual narratives in the legitimate study of history.

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