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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2018 3:41 p.m. PST

"What if Adolf Hitler's paintings had been acclaimed, rather than met with faint praise, and he had gone into art instead of politics? Have you ever wondered whether John F Kennedy would have such a shining reputation if he had survived his assassination and been elected to a second term? Or how the United States might have fared under Japanese occupation? Or what the world would be like if nobody had invented the airplane?

If you enjoy speculating about history in these counterfactual terms, there are many books and movies to satisfy you. The counterfactual is a friend to science-fiction writers and chatting partygoers alike. Yet ‘What if?' is not a mode of discussion you'll commonly hear in a university history seminar. At some point in my own graduate-school career, I became well-acculturated to the idea that counterfactualism was (as the British historian E P Thompson wrote in 1978) ‘Geschichtwissenschlopff, unhistorical…."
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Roderick Robertson Fezian07 Jun 2018 9:35 a.m. PST

What if Charlie Manson's songs had been picked up by the Beach Boys?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2018 11:17 a.m. PST

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