A Great Civil War: A Military and Political History, 1861 - 1865

A Great Civil War: A Military and Political History, 1861 - 1865

By: Russell F. Weigley (author)Paperback

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"The crowning achievement of one of America's most distinguished military historians." -Lincoln Prize jury "Readers will find much to debate in this book-including...its affirmation that, because of emancipation, 'the Civil War calls for a rethinking of the attitude...that war is always futile, that its rewards never match its cost, that any conflict [must be] immediately decisive and virtually without loss of American lives.'" -Gary W. Gallagher

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Russell F. Weigley (1930-2004) was Professor of History at Temple University and author of numerous books, including The American Way of War and Eisenhower's Lieutenants: The Campaign of France and Germany, 1944-1945 (both published by IUP). He lived in Philadelphia.


List of Maps Note on Style Introduction 1. From Secession to War 2. The Battle Lines Form 3. Groping for Strategy and Purpose 4. Bloodshed and Indecision 5. The Confederacy Takes the Initiative 6. Of Liberty and War 7. Armies and Societies 8. Three Seasons of Battle 9. On the Horizon: The Postwar World 10. Traditional Politics and Modern War 11. Suspense and Resolution 12. The Relentless War 13. The Fires Die Notes Notes on Maps Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 25/01/2004
  • ISBN13: 9780253217066
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 648
  • ID: 9780253217066
  • weight: 876
  • ISBN10: 0253217067

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