Accidents of History: Contingency, Chance, and the Role of Individuals in the Past

Lecture Description

This accessible lecture designed for non-specialists explores what makes the discipline of history distinct from the other humanities and social sciences and argues for the importance of individuals and chance in shaping events. Using case studies that cover almost the entire breadth of the past but with a focus on American history, this lecture emphasizes the critical role of contingency in the course of the past while acknowledging the influence of factors such as geography, culture, and economics.


General and Historiography Interdisciplinary Theory/Studies

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