Virtual History

by Niall Ferguson

Publisher: Penguin UK

Publication Date: June 09, 2011

ISBN: 9780241952252

Binding: Paperback

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'Quite brilliant, inspiring for the layman and an enviable tour de force for the informed reader . . . A wonderful book . . . lucid, exciting and easy to read' Literary Review What if Britain had stayed out of the First World War? What if Germany had won the Second? How would England look if there had been no Cromwell? What would the world be like if Communism had never collapsed? And what if John F. Kennedy had lived? In this acclaimed book, leading historians from Andrew Roberts to Michael Burleigh explore what might have been if nine of the most decisive moments in modern history had never happened. 'Ferguson constructs an entire scenario starting with Charles I's defeat of the Covenanters, running through three revolutions that did not happen and climaxing with the collapse of the West, ruled by an Anglo-American empire, in the face of a mighty transcontinental, tsarist Russian imperium . . . A welcome, optimistic assault on an intellectual heresy' Sunday Times 'The implications of Virtual History deserve to be meditated by every historian . . . a talented and imaginative team who tackle with counterfactual verve a series of turning points' Daily Telegraph