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I am a Professor of History at Fairfield University and have long been interested in speculating about the past. I have published widely on the subject of counterfactual history. My book, The World Hitler Never Made: Alternate History and the Memory of Nazism (Cambridge University Press, 2005), analyzed a wide range of alternate histories of Nazism. My forthcoming study, Hi Hitler! The Nazi Past in the New Millennium (Cambridge University Press, 2015), discusses, among other things, how counterfactual thinking has shaped the memory of Nazism in contemporary western intellectual and cultural life. I am also editing a new collection of alternate Jewish histories, "If Only We Had Died in Egypt!" What Ifs? of Jewish History From Abraham to Zionism, which will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.
I am a Professor of History at Fairfield University and have long been interested in speculating about the past. I have published widely on the subject of counterfactual history. My book, The World Hitler Never Made: Alternate History and the Memory of Nazism (Cambridge University Press, 2005), analyzed a wide range of alternate histories of Nazism. My forthcoming study, Hi Hitler! The Nazi Past in the New Millennium (Cambridge University Press, 2015), discusses, among other things, how counterfactual thinking has shaped the memory of Nazism in contemporary western intellectual and cultural life. I am also editing a new collection of alternate Jewish histories, "If Only We Had Died in Egypt!" What Ifs? of Jewish History From Abraham to Zionism, which will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.

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Spoofing Counterfactuals: Justin Warner Mocks Trump's "What Ifs? about Andrew Jackson
It’s not
often that I have the opportunity to report on satirical riffs on
counterfactual history.   But Justin
Warner has kindly provided the opportunity to do so by crafting a list of “historical
tragedies and the people who might have prevented them had ...

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Donald Trump's Lazy "Fast Forward" Counterfactual: 93 Year Old President Andrew Jackson
Sigh.   With friends like these.... Donald Trump’s latest
example of counterfactual reasoning places yet another straw on the back of a
camel already overburdened by the weight of earlier comments.   (See his “what ifs” about the campaign
from December). As...

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Can Counterfactuals Help Explain the Relationship Between American and Nazi Racism? On James Whitman's "Hitler's American Model"
James Q. Whitman’s new book, Hitler’s American Model , raises
important issues that are worth exploring about the influence of American
racism on the policies of the Nazi regime.   One way of testing the causal relationship is to borrow from
Max Weber’s tim...

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The "Alt-Right" and "Alternate History": The Illusory Connection
I little while back, I wrote about my
concern that the growing (and legitimate) backlash against the Trump
administration’s embrace of “alternative facts” might bode ill for the field of
alternate history – if for no other reason than the growing stigmatiza...

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I little while back, I wrote about my concern that the growing
(and legitimate) backlash against the Trump administration’s embrace of
“alternative facts” might bode ill for the field of alternate history – if for
no other reason than the growing stigmatiza...

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Watching "The Man in the High Castle" in the Era of Trump
Here are my thoughts about the second season of The Man in the High Castle , published in today's issue of The Forward.   For the link, click HERE

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A Counterfactual Jewish State Near Niagra Falls? A Review of Nava Semel's "Isra Isle"
I'm posting a LINK  to my review of Nava Semel's new novel, Isra Isle, in today's issue of the Forward . It's a thoughtful reflection on the dilemmas of Zionism and the possible alternatives that might have existed to a Jewish state in the Middle East.

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New Threats to the Credibility of Counterfactual History in the Trump Era: Conway and Spicer Give Ammo to the Opponents of "What Ifs."
I don’t want to exaggerate
the danger, but the field of counterfactual history may not fare well in public
opinion in the years to come.   The
rise of a “post-truth” and “post-fact” world will likely sour people on the
concept of counterfactual history, whi...

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Tom Friedman's Counterfactual Trump Tweets
I'm having trouble giving a name to it, but Tom Friedman uses a variation
of a “transmigrating soul” counterfactual in his latest New York Times column .   A  “transmigrating soul” counterfactual  typically exports the
soul of a key historical figure into t...

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"The Guardian" Promotes Alternate History (Thanks to Amazon's "The Man in the High Castle")
Amazon Prime’s hit series, The Man in the High Castle , continues to
generate interest in counterfactual history.   Today, I stumbled across a
whole series of alternate
history videos sponsored by Amazon on the website of the British newspaper, The Guardian...
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