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Using a Virtual History Conference to Teach the Iraq War
Journal of Political Science Education, Special Issue: Thematic Issue: Simulations in Political Science (2013)
  • Bruce Gilley, Portland State University
Abstract
In teaching the causes of the Iraq War, the use of “virtual history” can be employed in a conference setting in which different individuals are assigned to different plausible counterfactuals they use to construct virtual histories. The Iraq War lends itself to the virtual history approach because of the availability of many plausible counterfactuals at each of the various levels of analysis (individual, state/group, and international) at which the war has been explained. I report here on both the theoretical and pedagogical value of the virtual history conference in the study of the Iraq War.
Keywords
  • Politics -- United States,
  • Middle East -- Politics and government -- 21st Century,
  • Iraq War (2003-2011) -- Causes
Publication Date
2013
DOI
10.1080/15512169.2013.770992
Publisher Statement
Copyright (2013) Taylor & Francis
Citation Information
Bruce Gilley. "Using a Virtual History Conference to Teach the Iraq War" Journal of Political Science Education, Special Issue: Thematic Issue: Simulations in Political Science Vol. 9 Iss. 2 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/bruce_gilley/6/