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Your History

The host of innumerable historical documentaries and face of Time Team chats about causality, the spectre of war and the puzzle of Alfred the Great (it’s not the cakes)

Tony Robinson

Q If clock, you could which turn single back event the in history would you want to change?

That question presupposes causality It presupposes that if we’d given Franz Ferdinand a bulletproof vest at Sarajevo, then World War I wouldn’t have happened. Although we know from what most historians feel, that World War I would probably have broken out anyway at some time in the couple of years after. It’s always difficult, I think, to say whether or not you would have been able to change history certainly whether or not you would have changed it for the better.

ALAMY X2, GETTY X1, THE STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA X1, PAUL MARC MITCHELL X1
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