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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 scholars ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published October 23rd 2006 by University of Michigan Press
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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.