I have been absent from this forum for years, but about 4 or 5 years ago I presented this same topic for public discussion here, and it resulted in a very lively and satisfying discussion. So, I thought perhaps enough time has passed that presenting this topic for discussion again would not be amiss.
So here goes:
We're discussing Counterfactual History. This is a scholarly exercise that goes at least all the way back to ancient Rome. To contribute an idea, please do the following:
1. present us with a specific historic event
2. propose a realistic and probable alternate event
3. if you wish, provide a brief analysis of how the alternate event would have changed history
This is meant to be a fun discussion, so please no name calling, no disrespectful jabs, and be polite. The inserted link is just ONE of many books written on this subject.
The Collected What If? Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been
Later edit: For anyone new to this thread, do not feel obligated to read all of the posts before contributing. If something you bring to the discussion has already been touched upon, nobody will hold it against you, and if you want to propose a new idea, please feel free to jump in and do so. This thread is HEAVILY MODERATED by me to try to keep the discussion friendly and relaxed, so feel free to contribute.
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