The American Civil War (American History in Depth)

The American Civil War (American History in Depth)

By: Adam I. P. Smith (author)Paperback

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The American Civil War was by far the bloodiest conflict in American history. Arising out of a political crisis over the expansion of slavery, the war set the stage for the emergence of the modern American nation-state. This new interpretation of one of the most mythologized events in modern history combines narrative with analysis and an up-to-date assessment of the state of Civil War scholarship. The American Civil War: - emphasizes the importance of Northern public opinion in shaping the meaning and outcome of the crisis - argues that the war exposed deep social and political divisions within, as well as between, North and South - explores the experiences of ordinary soldiers and civilians, and the political and cultural context in which they lived - sets this distinctively American crisis over slavery and nationhood in the wider context of the nineteenth-century world. Concise and authoritative, this is an indispensable introduction to a critical period in modern American history.

About Author

ADAM I. P. SMITH is Lecturer in American History at University College London, UK. He is the author of No Party Now: Politics in the Civil War North.


List of Maps.- Abbreviations.- Key Dates in the Civil War.- Preface.- Slavery and the American Republic.- Political Crisis and the Resort to War.- The Failure of Limited War.- Emancipation and Hard War.- Citizen Soldiers.- The Ordeal of the Confederate Republic.- The Last Best Hope of Earth.- The Magic Word, 'Freedom'.- Notes.- Guide to Further Reading.- Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780333790540
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9780333790540
  • weight: 384
  • ISBN10: 0333790545

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