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From the Publisher"This collection will inspire scholars to continue asking new and dynamic questions about the Civil War. At the same time, readers will be able to nibble off a historical buffet from the leading men and women who research, think, and write about the Civil War on a daily basis."
-Georgia Historical Quarterly
"Excellent. . . . Points us toward new directions in the study of Civil War memory. . . . This useful collection contains many rich insights into the controversies unleashed by the Civil War."
-Journal of Southern History
"Detailed information and new interpretations are found in virtually every entry. . . . The reader can be assured that the research is thorough and the conclusions are balanced in this venture into a conflict that still generates dispute within and beyond the world of scholarship."
-The Journal of American History
"A fine addition to the growing number of Civil War studies. Wars within a War features twelve essays by some of the finest scholars of the Civil War era on a variety of topics. . . . [Will] provoke more debate and spur further research. There is something for everyone within this volume."
-Military History of the West
"A sampling of recent scholarship on the Civil War and its memory from some of the most prominent scholars in the field. . . . An excellent reader for the classroom for those who wish to introduce students to the kinds of questions that scholars are entertaining about the war and to the variety of approaches that are used to answer those questions."
-Southwestern Historical Quarterly
"Provides fresh interpretations. . . . Demonstrates the vitality of Civil War history because conflicts over the war's meaning multiply, rather than diminish, with the passage of time."
"Provide[s] very thought-provoking insights. . . . Strongly and plausibly argued."
"An invaluable resource for both research and teaching, this dazzling book of essays illustrates, in ways sure to provoke debate and inspire new work, how far modern scholarship has come in integrating the Civil War battlefront and homefront. And it dramatizes that in history and in memory, 'North' and 'South' were not just implacable foes, but unstable and contested political constructs."—Elizabeth R. Varon, Temple University
"Provide[s] a different view of the war; one that military history ignores but can expand our horizons."
- James Durney, Independent Book Reviewer
"The contributors to this stimulating volume demonstrate again the inexhaustible potential for fresh scholarship on the American Civil War. These studies focus on the tensions that divided North against North and South against South during—and long after—the actual fighting. The result is a very good book on the Civil War that also reveals much about American history in general."—Mark A. Noll, author The Civil War as a Theological Crisis