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Encyclopedia of the American Civil War: A Political, Social, and Military History (5 Volumes)

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An award winning and highly recommended comprehensive reference set on the political, social, and military aspects of the American Civil War.

"The editors have compiled a comprehensive source that provides a first-stop reference on broad areas or specific topics on the Civil War. The contemporary photographs and lithographs bring the human element into the encyclopedia, a type of reference known more for facts and figures than emotions. The primary-source-documents volume brings obscure resources together, which will further illumine the period for students."--"Outstanding Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2001.

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Novice and expert alike will be able to broaden their knowledge of the War Between the States with these five thick, well-illustrated volumes that are widely regarded as the ultimate survey of America's bloodiest conflict.
Library Journal
As the interest in and literature on the American Civil War grows in size and complexity each year, getting a firm hold of the subject has become almost impossible. This encyclopedia provides an essential service in combining an excellent array of battle maps and famous photographs with over 1600 concise (though sometimes too concise) entries on subjects that range from armories to nursing to Zouaves. Together, the text and images effectively capture the character and conduct of war and society. Although military subjects and biographies predominate, the encyclopedia includes numerous entries on politics, homefront mobilization, blacks and women in the war, the press, government programs in the North and South, technology, and soldiers' and relief organizations. These entries collectively show how the war touched virtually every aspect of American life. A volume of key documents of the era brings the war home with letters from officers describing battles, secession ordinances, critical speeches, and other primary sources. Appendixes listing executive officers and military leaders and a glossary of military terms add to the encyclopedia's usefulness. Although some bibliographies of individual entries are dated, the general bibliography compensates, and, more importantly, the entries are uniformly informed and clearly written. No other reference work compares with the range of this enterprise in canvassing the war. Every academic and major public library will need these volumes, edited by an independent scholar and the director of American history at the U.S. Air Force Base, respectively, as one of the quickest and surest routes into what historian James McPherson rightly identifies as "the most written-about subject in American history."--Randall M. Miller, Saint Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
This five-volume encyclopedia covers every subject and significant person connected with the causes, course, and consequences of the Civil War. The 1600-plus articles range from a column to several pages in length and cover myriad topics from the coming of the war to its conducts and its consequences in a political, military, and social context. In addition to full biographies of major and minor military, political, diplomatic, and cultural figures, they include descriptions of approximately 60 major engagements as well as important skirmishes and their role in the larger military setting, and broad areas such as strategy and tactics, social trends, and technological innovations. The volumes also supply about 250 primary documents, 75 maps depicting military situations, and 500 b&w illustrations (contemporary photographs, lithographs, and drawings), a chronology of major events, and a special battlefield section for sites in 16 states, with location maps. Appendices present the executive officers of both the United States and Confederate States and general officers of each army. Edited by David S. Heidler (independent scholar of American military history) and Jeanne T. Heidler (American history, U. S. Air Force Academy). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576070666
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/7/2000
  • Pages: 2733
  • Age range: 14 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.52 (w) x 12.32 (h) x 9.06 (d)

Meet the Author

James M. McPherson
Initially moved to study the history of the South as a way of understanding the civil rights movement, James M. McPherson has become the preeminent expert on the Civil War and Reconstruction. His award-winning work provides detail, context and a modern perspective on one of America's most important historical periods.
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    1. Hometown:
      Princeton, New Jersey
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 11, 1936
    2. Place of Birth:
      Valley City, North Dakota
    1. Education:
      B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN) 1958; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1963

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