Counterfactual History

You are to create a counterfactual history of Canada that would have taken place is one key historical event had changed or never occurred.  Your Counterfactual should display your understanding of the connection between historical events.


  • You can work in pairs.
  • Your can present your counterfactual in any creative way you wish
  • Examples:  video, story, descriptive collage……



“Evans’ explanation for the imaginative turn to counterfactualism since 1990 is that several social, political and cultural changes came together. First, the great ideologies such as fascism, communism, socialism, Marxism and other doctrines that had dominated Western thought for so long, turned out to be fallacious, or as Evans puts it, “theisms all became wasms”. Therewith, the old reliable teleologies vanished “and history became open-ended, freeing up a space for speculation about the courses it might have taken”. At the same time, postmodernism emphasised the subjectivity of the historian, which in turn partly undermined or threatened to date the scientific search for objectivity.”

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