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Consequential elections v. consequential presidencies: 2000 and Bush win.

In the Washington Post, David Mayhew asks which was the most important presidential election in US history.

This is tough, because not all consequential presidencies derived from consequential elections. 142 more words


Mark Wahlberg counterfactualizes the shit out of some history. Because he's just that ripped.

If Mark Wahlberg had been seated in first class on that fateful day, there would have been no 9/11. Yes, seriously. I dare you to challenge his logic.


"What if?" and "so what?"

Further on the counterfactual issue: we always advise doctoral students and indeed each other that historians should be able to give an elevator pitch for any new project, and that this pitch should always answer the “so what?” question—i.e., you’re writing about the history of the glass-bead game of the Pacific islanders in the 1940s; so what? 384 more words

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What's the harm in "what if?"?

This morning in the graduate seminar we’ll be discussing Niall Ferugson’s Virtual History, which (per Andrew Gelman here and here) seems to me an agreeably rigorous thought experiment on the nature of causation in history. 129 more words


Enclosed please find a post by D. McCourt

A woman starts a freelance writing service from home.  Her business struggles along.  On a whim, and to distance herself from her struggling business, she chooses a male pen name, James Chartrand. 272 more words


Cultural capital.

After reading this, Yglesias’s reviewlet of Funny People, as well as David Denby’s* recent rave, I wish that I could go see the film. 218 more words

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