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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 the Author:
Adam I. P. Smith is Lecturer in American History at University College London