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Virtual History by Niall Ferguson
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Feb 27, 2010

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Not a huge fan of this book, but it's an interesting project for academic historians, and worth looking at just for that reason. Ferguson starts with making the argument for why counterfactual history is actually important for understanding history and, more importantly, the philosophy of history - for instance, not accepting historical events as inevitable and looking for deterministic processes behind them. It also allows one to grasp the importance of various decisions and the alternatives that were perhaps considered but not taken.

Still, I didn't think that any of the individual pieces actually bore that out all that much. They were fun reads, but I can't remember a single darn thing from this book. Of course, I have been drinking more lately.

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