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Les uchroniques : À propos de : Q. Deluermoz et P. Singaravélou, Pour une histoire des possibles. Analyses contrefactuelles et possibles non advenus, Seuil

Abstract : Counterfactual history is a matter of ‘what ifs’. What if the Allies had lost the Second World War? What if there had been no transatlantic slave trade? Two French historians analyse the intellectual merits of this use of the past, long established in the Anglo-American world. There are historiographical books that hold out great promise, but deliver very little. And there are others that do enough to fulfil their great promise, but not necessarily in the way one might imagine. Pour une histoire des possible (Towards a History of Possibles) is an inquiry based on a seminar, a bibliography, an educational experiment, and a set of practical applications. It is an ambitious endeavour, but also a courageous one insofar as the two authors do not simply point to the productive future horizons of this historical science: they put themselves to the test.
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Emmanuelle Loyer. Les uchroniques : À propos de : Q. Deluermoz et P. Singaravélou, Pour une histoire des possibles. Analyses contrefactuelles et possibles non advenus, Seuil. 2018. ⟨hal-03392542⟩

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