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Challenge – Create Your Own Alternate History

What if you could rewrite history? Well, you can, although it won’t really change anything. There is an entire genre in writing, an off-shoot of science fiction, that is dedicated to alternate history. Alternate history involves authors imagining what would have happened if some historical event, usually an important event that had nationwide or international effects, had turned out differently. This Mental Floss article shares a list of 19 alternate histories, including those related to…

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History’s Hierarchy of Purpose – Education & Entertainment

  My Experience with History Education Working our way up from Resource Location & Preservation on History’s Hierarchy of History, we come to Education & Entertainment. When most people think of history, they think of their history education in school and how much they hated it. When I was in high school, history was presented as a series of events, names and dates to memorize, typically jumping from war-to-war, with very little of what happened…

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