For many of us today is 1 January 2017 AD or CE. AD stands for Anno Domini – the year of our Lord – and is a direct reference to how many years after Jesus Christ was born.
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History Future Now is a website devoted to putting current events into a historical and future context. When we look back in time we have the benefit of seeing how each historical event laid the foundations of the next historical event. History looks neat and later events inevitable.
This neatness is an illusion. Past historical events had thousands of possible outcomes which could have set us on a radically different path and there is a whole cannon of alternative histories that look into these outcomes in more depth.
Nevertheless, there are major themes in history that result in inevitable outcomes. This website looks at these themes and tries to project them into the future, referring to the present as nothing but a continuation of the past and the future as nothing but a continuation of the present.