Struggle for a Vast Future: The American Civil War

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The American Civil War saw the country that was founded on the ideals of "liberty and union" torn apart and embroiled in some of the most bitter and bloodiest fighting mankind has witnessed. The war changed the face and character of America forever and the shockwaves of it resounded around the world. Osprey's Struggle for a Vast Future seeks to reach an understanding of the origins of this landmark conflict and its place in the history of modern society and warfare. The major themes of the war are examined in ...

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Overview

The American Civil War saw the country that was founded on the ideals of "liberty and union" torn apart and embroiled in some of the most bitter and bloodiest fighting mankind has witnessed. The war changed the face and character of America forever and the shockwaves of it resounded around the world. Osprey's Struggle for a Vast Future seeks to reach an understanding of the origins of this landmark conflict and its place in the history of modern society and warfare. The major themes of the war are examined in depth by the world's leading American Civil War experts, including the innovation of warfare, the role of women and ethnic origins, espionage and the extraordinary leaders and personalities that shaped the future of the United States. The conflict is also brought to life through superb photographs and illustrations. This book is not only a fascinating new perspective but is invaluable to anyone seeking to enrich their understanding of this historic event.

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"Twelve historians contributed essays to this superb, concise, and readable volume. Editor Sheehan-Dean (history, Univ. of North Florida) presents, in effect, a guide through the maze of differences between the North and South that culminated in the Civil War and reverberated thereafter...An enormous amount of history has here been condensed into a useful tool that will likely stimulate further debate and research. Students, Civil War enthusiasts, and others should find this excellent introductory text to be worth their while." STARRED REVIEW Library Journal
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Twelve historians contributed essays to this superb, concise, and readable volume. Editor Sheehan-Dean (history, Univ. of North Florida) presents, in effect, a guide through the maze of differences between the North and South that culminated in the Civil War and reverberated thereafter. The essays address such topics as leadership and personalities, the European perspective, women in warfare, POW camps, desertion, and the legacy of war. An especially well-covered topic is the war's impact on ordinary people, and an interesting final section examines how movies like Birth of a Nation and Gone with the Wind have shaped our "memories" of the war. The text is heavily illustrated, with numerous photos, maps, and other pertinent material throughout, the chronology provides a useful, broader overview of events from 1820 to1977, and the sections containing endnotes and further readings provide many possibilities for further study. An enormous amount of history has here been condensed into a useful tool that will likely stimulate further debate and research. Students, Civil War enthusiasts, and others should find this excellent introductory text to be worth their while. David Alperstein, Queens Borough P.L., Jamaica, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781846032134
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/11/2007
  • Series: Companion Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.19 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Aaron Sheehan-Dean is Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Florida. He completed his PhD at the University of Virginia. He has devoted most of his academic career to the study of the American Civil War and has published essays on various themes surrounding the conflict. He is completing a book project titled Creating Confederates: Family and Nation in Civil War Virginia (forthcoming). He lives and works in Florida. The author lives in Florida, USA.

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