This is a page for introducing newbies to various general alternate history conventions and to some notable examples of the genre (most of them published). It also serves as : 1.) A primer on how to start writing your own AH scenarios (also referred to as timelines - abbrev. “TLs”). 2.) A crossroad leading to the other major sections of the Wiki, which discuss alternate history concepts in a more in-depth and advanced manner. Head over there once you've mastered the basics. Among these more advanced sections, you'll also find lots of useful links to external resources, which may help a lot with creating your TL.
The British Empire
The Byzantine Empire
The Confederate States of America
The Ottoman Empire
The Third Reich
Including their authors and most notable characters.
The 163x (Ring of Fire) series (Eric Flint and co.)
1984 (George Orwell) - Not fully proper AH, but has influences on the genre.
For Want Of A Nail (Robert Sobel)
AH.com Podcast (hear us talk about various aspects and clichés of alternate history)
AH.com's AH Writing Slang (the commonest terms and acronyms we use while discussing and writing alternate history works)
Alternate History Media (artworks from alternate worlds created or found by the board members)
Longest Threads (a list of the longest or most long-running threads in the discussion board)
Timeline Classification Project (exactly what it says)
Types of What If (types of ideas for alternate history scenarios)
The Upcoming AH Books List (what's new in the genre of literary alternate history)
Alternate History Book Club (discussions on specific alternate history works by members of the board)
Turtledove Awards (the AH.com Oscars, awarded annually in January and February)
Livy Awards (non-popularly picked)
"Getting started on the forums" basic tips (quick AH.com Q&A + etiquette tips)
How to use the search function (on the forums and on the wiki)