What’s Wellesley Reading? Unmaking the West

by kris bishop on March 3, 2010

047211543X The weekly podcast series “What Wellesley’s Reading” recently featured Craig Murphy reading an excerpt from  UMP’s own Unmaking the West: “What If'” Scenarios that Rewrite World History,  edited by Philip E. Tetlock, Richard Ned Lebow, and Geoffrey Parker. In Unmaking the West, Tetlock, Lebow, and Parker  explore the intriguing world of counterfactual history. What if the Persians had won at Salamis? What if Christ had not been crucified? What if the Chinese had harnessed steam power before the West?  The provocative collection is both an exploration of alternative scenarios to world history and an exercise in testing the strengths and weaknesses of counterfactual experiments.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

Click here to learn more about Unmaking the West.

Philip E. Tetlock is Mitchell Professor, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and author of Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know?

Richard Ned Lebow is James O. Freedman Presidential Professor of Government at Dartmouth College and author of The Tragic Vision of Politics: Ethics, Interests and Orders, winner of the Alexander L. George Award for the best book in political psychology.

Geoffrey Parker is Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History at Ohio State University, a Fellow of the British Academy, and author of The Military Revolution: Military Innovation and the Rise of the West, 1500-1800, winner of two book prizes.

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