The American Civil War in British Culture Book

The American Civil War in British Culture


  • Author : Nimrod Tal
  • Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2015-07-29
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN 10 : 1137489251

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The American Civil War in British Culture Excerpt :

Imprinted onto the political discourse, military thought, intellectual life and popular culture, no other foreign conflict left such a deep, lasting mark on British culture as did the American Civil War. Britain's leading politicians, strategists, and thinkers have kept turning to the American conflict from the 1870s to the present, as has the British public more broadly. Drawing on political records, military writings, academic studies, films and interviews, as well as on a wide array of previously unpublished material, this book traces the sources of Britons' appeal to the American conflict and their use of its representations. While people from the United Kingdom often found the American Civil War useful to buttress their views on domestic affairs, the records show that the British used the war and its memory also to advance their interests in the United States, thus making the phenomena examined in this book both local and transatlantic.

The American Civil War in British Culture Book

The American Civil War in British Culture


  • Author : Nimrod Tal
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2015-07-28
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 219
  • ISBN 10 : 9781137489265

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The American Civil War in British Culture Excerpt :

This book explores the continuous British fascination with the American Civil War from the 1870s to the present. Analysing the War's place in British political discourse, military writing, intellectual life and popular culture, it traces the sources of Britons' appeal to the American conflict and their use of its representations at home and abroad.

Civil War America Book

Civil War America


  • Author : Maggi M. Morehouse
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 326
  • ISBN 10 : 9780415895965

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Civil War America Excerpt :

As war raged on the battlefields of the Civil War, men and women all over the nation continued their daily routines. They celebrated holidays, ran households, wrote letters, read newspapers, joined unions, attended plays, and graduated from high school and college. Civil War America reveals how Americans, both Northern and Southern, lived during the Civil War—the ways they worked, expressed themselves artistically, organized their family lives, treated illness, and worshipped. Written by specialists, the chapters in this book cover the war’s impact on the economy, the role of the federal government, labor, welfare and reform efforts, the Indian nations, universities, healthcare and medicine, news coverage, photography, and a host of other topics that flesh out the lives of ordinary Americans who just happened to be living through the biggest conflict in American history. Along with the original material presented in the book chapters, the website accompanying the book is a treasure trove of primary sources, both textual and visual, keyed for each chapter topic. Civil War America and its companion website uncover seismic shifts in the cultural and social landscape of the United States, providing the perfect addition to any course on the Civil War.

Ambivalent Nation Book

Ambivalent Nation


  • Author : Hugh Dubrulle
  • Publisher : LSU Press
  • Release Date : 2018-06-11
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780807168820

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Ambivalent Nation Excerpt :

In Ambivalent Nation, Hugh Dubrulle explores how Britons envisioned the American Civil War and how these conceptions influenced their discussions about race, politics, society, military affairs, and nationalism. Contributing new research that expands upon previous scholarship focused on establishing British public opinion toward the war, Dubrulle offers a methodical dissection of the ideological forces that shaped that opinion, many of which arose from the complex Anglo-American postcolonial relationship. Britain’s lingering feeling of ownership over its former colony contributed heavily to its discussions of the American Civil War. Because Britain continued to have a substantial material interest in the United States, its writers maintained a position of superiority and authority in respect to American affairs. British commentators tended to see the United States as divided by two distinct civilizations, even before the onset of war: a Yankee bourgeois democracy and a southern oligarchy supported by slavery. They invariably articulated mixed feelings toward both sections, and shortly before the Civil War, the expression of these feelings was magnified by the sudden emergence of inexpensive newspapers, periodicals, and books. The conflicted nature of British attitudes toward the United States during the antebellum years anticipates the ambivalence with which the British reacted to the American crisis in 1861. Britons used prewar stereotypes of northerners and southerners to help explain the course and significance of the conflict. Seen in this fashion, the war seemed particularly relevant to a number of questions that occupied British conversations during this period: the characteristics and capacities of people of African descent, the proper role of democracy in society and politics, the future of armed conflict, and the composition of a durable nation. These questions helped shape Britain’s stance toward the war and, in turn, the war informed British attitudes

Civil War in American Culture Book

Civil War in American Culture


  • Author : Will Kaufman
  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release Date : 2006-03-30
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780748626564

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Civil War in American Culture Excerpt :

The Civil War is an event of great cultural significance, impacting upon American literature, film, music, electronic media, the marketplace and public performance. This book takes an innovative approach to this great event in American history, exploring its cultural origins and enduring cultural legacy. It focuses upon the place of the Civil War across the broad sweep of American cultural forms and practices and reveals important links between historical events and contemporary culture.The first chapter introduces a discussion of ante-bellum culture and the part cultural forces played in the sectional crisis that exploded into full-blown war in 1861. Subsequent chapters focus on particular themes, appropriations, interpretations and manifestations of the War as they have appeared in American culture.

A World on Fire Book

A World on Fire


  • Author : Amanda Foreman
  • Publisher : Random House Trade Paperbacks
  • Release Date : 2012-06-12
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 1008
  • ISBN 10 : 9780375756962

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 10 BEST BOOKS • THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW • 2011 NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • The New Yorker • Chicago Tribune • The Economist • Nancy Pearl, NPR • Bloomberg.com • Library Journal • Publishers Weekly In this brilliant narrative, Amanda Foreman tells the fascinating story of the American Civil War—and the major role played by Britain and its citizens in that epic struggle. Between 1861 and 1865, thousands of British citizens volunteered for service on both sides of the Civil War. From the first cannon blasts on Fort Sumter to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, they served as officers and infantrymen, sailors and nurses, blockade runners and spies. Through personal letters, diaries, and journals, Foreman introduces characters both humble and grand, while crafting a panoramic yet intimate view of the war on the front lines, in the prison camps, and in the great cities of both the Union and the Confederacy. In the drawing rooms of London and the offices of Washington, on muddy fields and aboard packed ships, Foreman reveals the decisions made, the beliefs held and contested, and the personal triumphs and sacrifices that ultimately led to the reunification of America. “Engrossing . . . a sprawling drama.”—The Washington Post “Eye-opening . . . immensely ambitious and immensely accomplished.”—The New Yorker WINNER OF THE FLETCHER PRATT AWARD FOR CIVIL WAR HISTORY

The American Civil War in the Shaping of British Democracy Book

The American Civil War in the Shaping of British Democracy


  • Author : Brent E. Kinser
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-04-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 206
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317045274

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The American Civil War in the Shaping of British Democracy Excerpt :

When the American Civil War broke out in 1861, a central question for British intellectuals was whether or not the American conflict was proof of the viability of democracy as a foundation for modern governance. The lessons of the American Civil War for Britain would remain a focal point in the debate on democracy throughout the war up to the suffrage reform of 1867, and after. Brent E. Kinser considers four figures connected by Woodrow Wilson's concept of the "Literary Politician," a person who, while possessing a profound knowledge of politics combined with an equally acute literary ability to express that knowledge, escapes the practical drudgeries of policy making. Kinser argues that the animosity of Thomas Carlyle towards democracy, the rhetorical strategy of Anthony Trollope's North America, the centrality of the American war in Walter Bagehot's vision of British governance, and the political philosophy of John Stuart Mill illustrate the American conflict's vital presence in the debates leading up to the 1867 reform, a legislative event that helped to secure democracy's place in the British political system.

Divided Hearts Book

Divided Hearts


  • Author : R. J. M. Blackett
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2001
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 273
  • ISBN 10 : 0807125954

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Divided Hearts Excerpt :

Divided hearts explores the passionate political strife that raged in Britain as a result of the American Civil War. Moving beyond Mary Ellison's 1972 landmark regional study of Lancashire cotton workers' reactions, R.J.M. Blackett opens the subject to a new, wider transatlantic context of influence and undertakes a deftly researched and written sociological, intellectual, and political examination of who in Britain supported the Union, who the Confederacy, and why.

The Arts and Culture of the American Civil War Book

The Arts and Culture of the American Civil War


  • Author : James A. Davis
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2019-02-07
  • Genre: Popular culture
  • Pages : 236
  • ISBN 10 : 036722965X

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The Arts and Culture of the American Civil War Excerpt :

In 1864, Union soldier Charles George described a charge into battle by General Phil Sheridan: "Such a picture of earnestness and determination I never saw as he showed as he came in sight of the battle field . . . What a scene for a painter!" These words proved prophetic, as Sheridan's desperate ride provided the subject for numerous paintings and etchings as well as songs and poetry. George was not alone in thinking of art in the midst of combat; the significance of the issues under contention, the brutal intensity of the fighting, and the staggering number of casualties combined to form a tragedy so profound that some could not help but view it through an aesthetic lens, to see the war as a concert of death. It is hardly surprising that art influenced the perception and interpretation of the war given the intrinsic role that the arts played in the lives of antebellum Americans. Nor is it surprising that literature, music, and the visual arts were permanently altered by such an emotional and material catastrophe. In The Arts and Culture of the American Civil War,an interdisciplinary team of scholars explores the way the arts - theatre, music, fiction, poetry, painting, architecture, and dance - were influenced by the war as well as the unique ways that art functioned during and immediately following the war. Included are discussions of familiar topics (such as Ambrose Bierce, Peter Rothermel, and minstrelsy) with less-studied subjects (soldiers and dance, epistolary songs). The collection as a whole sheds light on the role of race, class, and gender in the production and consumption of the arts for soldiers and civilians at this time; it also draws attention to the ways that art shaped - and was shaped by - veterans long after the war. n emotional and material catastrophe. In The Arts and Culture of the American Civil War,an interdisciplinary team of scholars explores the way the arts - theatre, music, fiction, poetry, painting, architecture, and dance - were infl

The American Experiment and the Idea of Democracy in British Culture  1776   1914 Book

The American Experiment and the Idea of Democracy in British Culture 1776 1914


  • Author : Ruth Livesey
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-04-01
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 254
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317045243

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The American Experiment and the Idea of Democracy in British Culture 1776 1914 Excerpt :

In nineteenth-century Britain, the effects of democracy in America were seen to spread from Congress all the way down to the personal habits of its citizens. Bringing together political theorists, historians, and literary scholars, this volume explores the idea of American democracy in nineteenth-century Britain. The essays span the period from Independence to the First World War and trace an intellectual history of Anglo-American relations during that period. Leading scholars trace the hopes and fears inspired by the American model of democracy in the works of commentators, including Thomas Paine, Mary Wollstonecraft, Alexis de Tocqueville, Charles Dickens, John Stuart Mill, Richard Cobden, Charles Dilke, Matthew Arnold, Henry James and W. T. Stead. By examining the context of debates about American democracy and notions of ’culture’, citizenship, and race, the collection sheds fresh light on well-documented moments of British political history, such as the Reform Acts, the Abolition of Slavery Act, and the Anti-Corn Law agitation. The volume also explores the ways in which British Liberalism was shaped by the American example and draws attention to the importance of print culture in furthering radical political dialogue between the two nations. As the comprehensive introduction makes clear, this collection makes an important contribution to transatlantic studies and our growing sense of a nineteenth-century modernity shaped by an Atlantic exchange. It is an essential reference point for all interested in the history of the idea of democracy, its political evolution, and its perceived cultural consequences.

The Next Civil War Book
Score: 2.5
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The Next Civil War


  • Author : Stephen Marche
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2022-01-04
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781982123239

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The Next Civil War Excerpt :

The United States is coming to an end. The only question is how. “Well researched and eloquently presented.” —The Atlantic * “It’s not a matter of if but when: A civil war is on the way...In a time of torment, this is a book well worth reading.” —Kirkus Reviews In this deeply researched work of speculative nonfiction that reads like Ezra Klein’s Why We’re Polarized crossed with David Wallace-Wells’ The Uninhabitable Earth, a celebrated journalist takes a fiercely divided America and imagines five chilling scenarios that lead to its collapse, based on in-depth interviews with experts of all kinds. On a small two-lane bridge in a rural county that loathes the federal government, the US Army uses lethal force to end a standoff with hard-right anti-government patriots. Inside an ordinary diner, a disaffected young man with a handgun takes aim at the American president stepping in for an impromptu photo-op, and a bullet splits the hyper-partisan country into violently opposed mourners and revelers. In New York City, a Category 2 hurricane plunges entire neighborhoods underwater and creates millions of refugees overnight—a blow that comes on the heels of a financial crash and years of catastrophic droughts— and tips America over the edge into ruin. These nightmarish scenarios are just three of the five possibilities most likely to spark devastating chaos in the United States that are brought to life in The Next Civil War, a chilling and deeply researched work of speculative nonfiction. Drawing upon sophisticated predictive models and nearly two hundred interviews with experts—civil war scholars, military leaders, law enforcement officials, secret service agents, agricultural specialists, environmentalists, war historians, and political scientists—journalist Stephen Marche predicts the terrifying future collapse that so many of us do not want to see unfolding in front of our eyes. Marche has spoken with soldiers and counterinsurgency experts abo

Losing the Thread Book

Losing the Thread


  • Author : Jim Powell
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021-02-28
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781789622492

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This is the first full-length study of the effect of the American Civil War on Britain's raw cotton trade and on the Liverpool cotton market. It includes an analysis of primary sources never used by historians. Before the civil war, America supplied 80 per cent of Britain's cotton. In August 1861, this fell to almost zero, where it remained for four years. Despite increased supplies from elsewhere, Britain's largest industry received only 36 per cent of the raw material it needed from 1862-64. This book establishes the facts of Britain's raw cotton supply during the war: how much there was of it, in absolute terms and related to the demand, where it came from and why, how much it cost, and what effect the reduced supply had on Britain's cotton manufacture. It includes an enquiry into the causes of the Lancashire cotton famine, which contradicts the historical consensus on the subject. Examining the impact of the civil war on Liverpool and its raw cotton market, this thought-provoking book demonstrates how reckless speculation infested and distorted the market, and lays bare the shadowy world of the Liverpool cotton brokers, who profited hugely from the war while the rest of Lancashire starved.

The Causes of the American Civil War Book

The Causes of the American Civil War


  • Author : John Lothrop Motley
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1861
  • Genre: Constitutional law
  • Pages : 24
  • ISBN 10 : BL:A0024722771

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The Civil War of 1812 Book
Score: 4
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The Civil War of 1812


  • Author : Alan Taylor
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 620
  • ISBN 10 : 9780679776734

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The Civil War of 1812 Excerpt :

Assesses the War of 1812 in light of the legacy of the American Revolution, citing the agendas of key contributors while offering insight into the war's role in shaping the United States and Canada.

The Routledge Companion to the American Civil War Era Book

The Routledge Companion to the American Civil War Era


  • Author : Hugh Tulloch
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2006-12-05
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134583492

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The Routledge Companion to the American Civil War Era Excerpt :

Arguably one of the most significant periods in US history, the American Civil War era continues to fascinate. In this essential reference guide to the period, Hugh Tulloch examines the war itself, alongside the political, constitutional, social, economic, literary and religious developments and trends that informed and were formed by the turbulent events that took place during America’s nineteenth century. Key themes examined here are: emancipation and the quest for racial justice abolitionism and debates regarding freedom versus slavery the confederacy and reconstruction civil war military strategy industry and agriculture Presidential elections and party politics cultural and intellectual developments. Including a compendium of information through timelines, chronologies, bibliographies and guides to sources as well, students of American history and the civil war will want a copy of this by their side.