Item description for History Revisited: The Great Battles: Eminent Historians Take On the Great Works of Alternative History by J. David Markham...
This anthology collects seven of the top stories in the alternate military-history genre by writers Harry Turtledove, Kim Stanley Robinson, John Mina, William Saunders, Michael F. Flynn, and editor Mike Resnick and submits them to scrutiny by seven eminent historians to find out just how probable the events they describe really are. Addressing pivotal historical events---including the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan, the Battle of New Orleans, radical politics and Southern strategy in the mid-20th century, the Napoleonic wars, Alcibiades's sack of Syracuse, the American Civil War, and Kenya's fight for independence from Britain---this book seeks to find out how different circumstances could have affected world history. Historians present intriguing questions about these events, such as Could our atomic bomb policy really have been changed by one faulty screw? What if Napoleon had become emperor of the United States, leading such heroes as Crockett and Houston in the Battle of New Orleans? Would Admiral Nelson's defection to France really have altered the course of the Napoleonic wars? Would President Lincoln's assassination during the Gettysburg Address have left the Confederacy as a separate country? From one end of the historical spectrum to the other, this book looks at what didn't happen in military history to gain a richer understanding of all that did.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2008
Publisher Benbella Books
ISBN 1933771100 ISBN13 9781933771106
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More About J. David Markham
J. David Markham is an internationally acclaimed historian and Napoleonic scholar. His major books include "Napoleon's Road to Glory: Triumphs, Defeats and Immortality" (winner of the 2004 Napoleonic Society of America "Literary Award"); "Imperial Glory: The Bulletins of Napoleon's Grande Armee" (winner of the International Napoleonic Society's 2003 "President's Choice Award"); and "Napoleon and Dr. Verling on St. Helena." He has been featured on the History Channel International's "Global View" program on Napoleon, the History Channel's "Conquerors" program "(Napoleon's Greatest Victory; Caesar in Gaul)" and "Napoleon: The Man Who Would Conquer Europe," as well as in programs on the Learning and Discovery channels. He has served as historical consultant to History Channel and National Geographic Society programs. Markham has contributed to four important reference encyclopedias "(Leadership; World History; American Revolution; French Revolution and Napoleon)." He has presented numerous academic papers to conferences in the United States, the UK, France, Italy, Israel, Georgia, and Russia. He is President of the Napoleonic Alliance and Executive Vice-President and Editor-in-Chief of the International Napoleonic Society. David has organized International Napoleonic Congresses in Italy, Israel, the Republic of Georgia, and France. He was the first American scholar to present a paper at the Borodino Conference in Russia. His awards include the "Legion of Merit" from the International Napoleonic Society, the "President's Medal" from the Napoleonic Alliance, and the "Marengo Medal" from the province of Alessandria, Italy.
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History Revisited Revisited Jun 13, 2008
I found this book somewhat less than enjoyable. In addition to the problem of the stories having appeared previously, having them picked apart in the included essays was both tedious and unnecessary. Most of the historians could have made the required points in a quarter of the space actually provided. Some of the additional comment approached the length of the actual story.
I might have liked reading some of these stories again if the historical essays had not sucked the life out of them.
A good alternate history collection. Mar 8, 2008
This collection contains six alternate history short stories: "Southern Strategy" by Michael Flynn; "Empire" by William Sanders; "The Lucky Strike" by Kim Stanley Robinson; "The Daimon" and "Must and Shall" by Harry Turtledove; and "Vive L'Amiral" by John Mina. It also contains seven non-fiction essays where various historians discuss the real-world history of the events in the stories and weigh in on how plausible these alternate versions of events are.
The six stories are all well-written but all of them have appeared in past anthologies. The information and opinions in the essays will also probably be familiar to most fans of the alt-history genre. So this book, while enjoyable, doesn't offer much that is new to genre fans. However, it would make a good introduction to the alt-history genre.