Revisioning the Civil War: Historians on Counter-Factual Scenarios

Revisioning the Civil War: Historians on Counter-Factual Scenarios

by James C. Bresnahan, Keith E. Gibson
     
 

What if Douglas instead of Lincoln had won the presidential election of 1860? What if the Confederates had pushed their advantage and advanced on Washington following their victory at Bull Run? What if Lincoln had not been assassinated? Questions like these help historians answer other broader queries such as: Was the Civil War inevitable? Could the South

Overview

What if Douglas instead of Lincoln had won the presidential election of 1860? What if the Confederates had pushed their advantage and advanced on Washington following their victory at Bull Run? What if Lincoln had not been assassinated? Questions like these help historians answer other broader queries such as: Was the Civil War inevitable? Could the South really have won the war?

This book examines key events and decisions of the Civil War, giving some of the subject's foremost experts a chance to reflect on the actualities of what could have (and what could not have) happened. Each of the chronologically arranged sections briefly introduces a topic, poses a counter-historical question and presents the responses of several leading scholars, and synthesizes and recaps these often divergent opinions. The work concludes with survey results from the panel of experts regarding several all-encompassing Civil War topics.

Editorial Reviews

The Civil War News
entertaining read...thought-provoking...entertaining and fascinating
Staunton News Leader
delightful...profusely illustrated...this is a work that you should add to your library
The Free Lance-Star
"different and refreshing"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786423927
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
10/27/2005
Pages:
244
Sales rank:
831,171
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Broadcast journalist Jim Bresnahan is also the author of Play It Again: Baseball Experts on What Might Have Been (2006). He lives in Lexington, Virginia.

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