Britannia's Fist: From Civil War to World War?An Alternate History

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Once too often in the War Between the States, Great Britain’s support for the Confederacy takes it to the brink of war with the Union. The escape of a British-built Confederate ironclad finally ignites the heap of combustible animosities and national interests. When the U.S. Navy seizes it in British waters, the ensuing battle spirals into all-out war. Napoleon III eagerly joins the British and declares war on the United States. Meanwhile, treason uncoils in the North as the anti-war Democrats, known as ...
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Britannia's Fist: From Civil War to World War--An Alternate History

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Overview

Once too often in the War Between the States, Great Britain’s support for the Confederacy takes it to the brink of war with the Union. The escape of a British-built Confederate ironclad finally ignites the heap of combustible animosities and national interests. When the U.S. Navy seizes it in British waters, the ensuing battle spirals into all-out war. Napoleon III eagerly joins the British and declares war on the United States. Meanwhile, treason uncoils in the North as the anti-war Democrats, known as Copperheads, plot to overthrow the U.S. government and take the Midwest into the Confederacy.

Britannia’s fist strikes quickly and hard. Along with the Canadians, the British invade New York and Maine, and the Royal Navy strikes at the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. The clash at Charleston is history’s first great naval battle between ironclads. Meanwhile, a French army marches into Texas from Mexico, and the French Navy attacks the Gulf coast. In the Midwest, the Copperheads rise in revolt to liberate Confederate POWs and arm them with stockpiled weapons. Never has the Republic been in such peril.

Britannia’s Fist brilliantly describes not just a war of stroke and counterstroke but one in which new technologies—repeating weapons, observation balloons, advances in naval ordnance and armament—become vital factors in the struggle of the young country against the Old World’s empires. For one of the great missed stories of the Civil War was not the advance of military technology but its impediment by incompetence, disorganization, and in some serious cases outright refusal to contemplate anything innovative. This is also a war in which the Union finds a “combat multiplier” when it organizes history’s first national-level intelligence effort. Britannia’s Fist is the compelling story of powerful historical personalities who come together as the Union goes into total war mobilization in the fight for its life.

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"Great storytelling, real life characters and plausibility makes this a great read. Can't wait for the next installment."

“Tsouras reaffirms his status as a leading author of alternate military history in this story of a path untaken: the outbreak in 1863 of a war between Great Britain and the Union. The cause of the conflict is plausible, the details of combat are credible, and the narrative is a page-turner. He is a master of synergizing reality and fiction. Readers will look forward eagerly to the next volume in the series.”

“Only a superb historian and a fine storyteller could have written this entrancing book. In the field of alternative history, no other author approaches Peter Tsouras’s command of the actual historical facts—the essential foundation—and classic narrative skill. A grand read from first page to last!”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574888232
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Series: The Britannia's Fist Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

A former U.S. Army officer, Peter G. Tsouras is a senior military intelligence analyst, a military historian, and the author or editor of two dozen works of military history and alternate history. Many of his books have been selected by the History Book Club and the Military Book Club and have been widely translated. He is the author of Britannia’s Fist: From Civil War to World War—An Alternate History (Potomac Books, Inc., 2008). A regular guest on the History Channel and similar venues in Britain and Canada, Tsouras lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
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  • Posted October 9, 2009

    A Good Read

    A very detailed look at an interesting aspect of alternate history. The plot moves quickly and the story is engaging and holds your interest. I found it to be a real page-turner. I am eagerly awaiting a sequel. In the meantime I have contented myself with reading the many other works the author has written.

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  • Posted February 10, 2014

    A very good Civil War alternate history

    Author Tsouras does a very thoughtful job of injecting small 'What Ifs' points that eventually lead to a sharp diversion in US history. The combat between Union and Her Majesty's forces is well done. However, the US Army seems a little overwhelmed in these conflicts - saved usually by new weapons like the Gatling gun - whereas the US Navy more than holds its own - again thanks to superior weaponry and Yankee ingenuity. I'm looking forward to the third book in the series.

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