An Urban's Rural View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Mon Nov 3, 2014 06:12 AM CST

If a single year could be said to have changed the course of history forever, was it 1959? 1968? 1969? 1994? Or maybe 1066? There are books, articles or college courses supporting each as "the year that changed everything." There's also a vote for 1400 as "the year that changed the world" and for July 1914 as "the month that changed the world."

No doubt many of these works are interesting and insightful. Their premise, though, merits skepticism.

Historical chains of causation are long and complex. They're laid out like a tree, branches stemming from branches stemming from branches. An ...

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