The Confederate Republic: A Revolution against Politics

The Confederate Republic: A Revolution against Politics

by George C. Rable
     
 

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Confederate Republic: A Revolution against Politics

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Rable's spirited iconoclasm deserves serious attention.

American Historical Review

A fine book which offers refreshing . . . and stimulates debate over new questions concerning Confederate political history.

Southern Historian

This unusually well-written book is recommended to all readers interested in the Confederacy.

Choice

Carefully constructed tour through the intricacies of Confederate politics is intelligently argued and masterfully executed.

Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

A valuable contribution through its detailed, chronological recounting and analysis of political events.

Georgia Historical Quarterly

Library Journal
Unlike Emory M. Thomas, whose Confederate Nation, 1861-1865 (1976) emphasized the modernizing tendencies of the Confederacy, Rable (Civil Wars: Women and the Crisis of Southern Nationalism, Univ. of Illinois Pr., 1989) argues that the founders of the Confederacy sought to recover the republican values of their Revolutionary War forebears, including a rejection of partisan politics in favor of unity and harmony. Despite these declarations, Confederates found it difficult to eradicate partisan divisions, which many believe contributed to the Confederacy's demise. Rable's emphasis on the antiparty nature of Confederate politics is a bit strained; nevertheless, in this impressively researched volume he offers an admirable interpretive synthesis of previous work on the internal tensions in both Confederate political philosophy and practice. Recommended for scholars and informed lay readers.-Brooks D. Simpson, Arizona State Univ., Tempe

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807858189
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
02/26/2007
Series:
Civil War America Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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From the Publisher
One of the few works that discusses the Confederacy on its own merits, and not just as a failed experiment. . . . [It includes] nice discussions of efforts to educate youngsters to be good Confederates, constant soul-searching inspired by the clergy, and tension between the two political cultures—national unity and libertarianism.—Richard E. Beringer, University of North Dakota

George C. Rable's latest book confirms his reputation as a scholar of depth, versatility, and literary aplomb.—Civil War History

George Rable's The Confederate Republic captures the political diversity of the Confederacy at the same time [that] it effectively identifies the unifying themes of the rebel state. This beautifully written, comprehensive political history of the confederate experiment emphasizes the continuing dominance and crucial impact of antiparty sentiment in the southern republic. . . . His carefully constructed tour through the intricacies of Confederate politics is intelligently argued and masterfully executed.—Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

Rable's spirited iconoclasm deserves serious attention. . . . [His] well-researched book positions him as a significant contributor to the ongoing debate about Civil War politics.—American Historical Review

This unusually well-written book is recommended to all readers interested in the Confederacy.—Choice

The Confederate Republic is, in all respects, a valuable contribution to the literature of the wartime South that should receive much scholarly engagement.—Reviews in American History

Rable succeeds brilliantly in producing a study of political history that is both descriptive and analytical. The Confederate Republic is a welcome addition to the literature on southern politics during the war.—Historian

Provides the critical launching pad for research into state politics and new studies of political culture during Reconstruction. No future study of southern politics can ignore this monumental work.—Journal of Southwest Georgia History

A fine book which offers refreshing and provocative answers to old questions, and stimulates debate over new questions concerning Confederate political history.—Southern Historian

In this impressively researched volume [Rable] offers an admirable interpretive synthesis of previous work on the internal tensions in both Confederate political philosophy and practice.—Library Journal

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