Critical History/What if . . .?

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Critical History

Every historical situation could have given rise to a range of possible outcomes


 * To successfully participate in a situation participants create theoretical models which enable them to simplify the range of possible outcomes into specific hopes and fears

 * Participants in the situation act in relation to those outcomes which they can envisage - whether to promote or block specific possible outcomes

 * When considering a historical situation, we need to consider relevant alternative outcomes in order to understand the significance of what actually occurred

 * We also need to consider unrealistic possible outcomes which certain parties promoted, playing on other peoples hopes and fears e. g. Enoch Powell's Rivers of Blood speech



  1. Future-War Fiction: The First Main Phase, 1871-1900, I.F. Clarke