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‘If It Had Happened Otherwise’—First World War Exceptionalism in Counterfactual History

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Author(s): Badsey, Stephen
Badsey, Stephen - ‘If It Had Happened Otherwise’—First World War Exceptionalism in Counterfactual History Keywords: counterfactual history | exceptionalism | First World War | Uchronia ISFWWS-Keywords: Legacy | Literature | General | Politics | Experience of combat Abstract: While any historical event or development has unique characteristics, historians use the term ‘exceptionalism’ to identify those which appear to have no equivalent. The counterfactual history website Uchronia lists in its database some 2,600 books, stories and articles of counterfact…

‘If It Had Happened Otherwise’—First World War Exceptionalism in Counterfactual History

(10,478 words)

Author(s): Badsey, Stephen
Badsey, Stephen - ‘If It Had Happened Otherwise’—First World War Exceptionalism in Counterfactual History Keywords: battlefield | Great War | London's Imperial War Museum | Trench Experience | Western Front ISFWWS-Keywords: Britain | Legacy | Western Front | Home fronts | Soldiers and Combat | Culture | Society Abstract: Perhaps the most ubiquitous and evocative image of the Great War in popular culture is the trench on the Western Front. In novels and film, and in both the classroom and the museum, the trench is called upon to…