Case Study 1, The Confederate States of America Part 3: Similarities in Similar Cases

Last time, as you remember, my little study in historical failure analysis ran into a real snag: nothing really similar to its conditions or its failure mode—if that failure can be attributed to a lack of representation/service of all its populations. That means that this method had to select the correct failure or decide what the failure was early on. But does doing this make the whole thing pretty pointless? Methinks not. Methinks that Step Two did precisely what it was meant to do: the Confederacy was unique; its failure to represent all its constituents or even define itself well meant that it would fail.

That means that, in this analysis, in this case study, Step Three can be bypassed/skipped/checked off the list without too much trouble. 

If at first, you don’t succeed, try and try again

Edward Hickson

Yes, someone said that first, and remarkably anyone can find out who on Google. The wonders of the Internet have answered so many questions. And this part of my attempts at a case study for a method of historical failure analysis may have run into a snag.

But…

For the method, for what I’m trying to do, does that mean that other case studies will find all cases to be unique, making Step Two and Three unnecessary? Well, I’ll have to create another case study to find out. But next time, I’ll proceed to Step Four: Analyze each element/factor separately.


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