On the Road to Total War: The American Civil War and the German Wars of Unification, 1861-1871 / Edition 1

On the Road to Total War: The American Civil War and the German Wars of Unification, 1861-1871 / Edition 1

by Stig Forster
     
 

On the Road to Total War is a collection of essays, originally presented at a conference of the same title, that attempts to trace the roots and development of total industrialized warfare (which terrorizes citizens and soldiers alike). Scholars from the United States, Germany, France, Canada, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Britain focus on both the social, political,… See more details below

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On the Road to Total War is a collection of essays, originally presented at a conference of the same title, that attempts to trace the roots and development of total industrialized warfare (which terrorizes citizens and soldiers alike). Scholars from the United States, Germany, France, Canada, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Britain focus on both the social, political, economic, and cultural aspects and the impact on local society of the American Civil War and the German Wars of Unification. Certain social forces, such as mass mobilization of people and resources and growing nationalism, led to this totalization of war in industrialized nations in the nineteenth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521521192
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/22/2002
Series:
Publications of the German Historical Institute Series
Edition description:
First Paperback Edition
Pages:
720
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.57(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Contributors
1Introduction1
2Was the Civil War a Total War?29
3The American Civil War and the German Wars of Unification: The Problem of Comparison53
4Confederate Identity and the Will to Fight75
5Unionism and Abolition: Political Mobilization in the North101
6The Prussian Triangle of Leadership in the Face of a People's War: A Reassessment of the Conflict between Bismarck and Moltke, 1870-71115
7Union Generalship, Political Leadership, and Total War Strategy141
8The Civil War Armies: Creation, Mobilization, and Development173
9African-Americans and the Mobilization for Civil War199
10The Civil War Economy: A Modern View217
11Industry and Warfare in Prussia249
12The Prussian Army from Reform to War263
13French Mobilization in 1870283
14From Limited War to Total War in America295
15Remarks on the Preconditions to Waging War in Prussia-Germany, 1866-71311
16Loyalty and Dissent: The Home Front in the American Civil War329
17"The Better Angels of Our Nature": Lincoln, Propaganda, and Public Opinion in the North during the Civil War357
18The Permanence of Internal War: The Prussian State and its Opponents, 1870-71377
19French Public Opinion in 1870-71 and the Emergence of Total War393
20Women and War in the Confederacy413
21German Patriotic Women's Work in War and Peace Time, 1864-90449
22Tactics, Trenches, and Men in the Civil War481
23Daily Life at the Front and the Concept of Total War497
24At the Nihilist Edge: Reflections on Guerrilla Warfare during the American Civil War519
25The Wars against Paris541
26"Our Prison System, Supposing We Had Any": The Confederate and Union Prison Systems565
27French Prisoners of War in Germany, 1870-71587
28The Influence of the German Wars of Unification on the United States597
29From Civil War to World Power: Perceptions and Realities, 1865-1914621
30The Myth of Gambetta and the "People's War" in Germany and France, 1871-1914641
31War Memorials: A Legacy of Total War?657
32The American Civil War and the German Wars of Unification: Some Parting Shots683
Index693

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