Alternative History

Alternative history may refer to a number of subjects relating to history, the chronology and study of the past. It may mean:

  • Alternate history, a subgenre of speculative fiction dealing with divergences from the world's actual history
  • Counterfactual history, a form of historiography which speculates on "what if" counterfactuals to actual history
  • Historical revisionism, the reinterpretation of orthodox views on history or historiography
  • Secret history, historical events claimed by revisionists to have been deliberately suppressed or forgotten

Famous quotes containing the words alternative and/or history:

    It is a secret from nobody that the famous random event is most likely to arise from those parts of the world where the old adage “There is no alternative to victory” retains a high degree of plausibility.
    Hannah Arendt (1906–1975)

    I cannot be much pleased without an appearance of truth; at least of possibility—I wish the history to be natural though the sentiments are refined; and the characters to be probable, though their behaviour is excelling.
    Frances Burney (1752–1840)