The Global Lincoln

The Global Lincoln


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Perhaps more than any other American, Abraham Lincoln has become a global figure, one who spoke—and continues to speak—to people across the world. Karl Marx judged Lincoln "the single-minded son of the working class"; Tolstoy reported his fame in the Caucasus; Tomas Masaryk, the first president of Czechoslovakia, drew strength as "the Lincoln of Central Europe"; racially-mixed, republican "Lincoln brigades" fought in the Spanish Civil War; and, more recently, statesmen ranging from Gordon Brown to Pervez Musharraf to Barack Obama have invoked Lincoln in support of their respective agendas.

This fascinating volume brings together leading historians from around the world to explore Lincoln's international legacy. The authors examine the meaning and image of Lincoln in many places and across continents, ranging from Germany to Japan, India to Ireland, Africa and Asia to Argentina and the American South. The book reveals that at the heart of Lincoln's global celebrity were his political principles, his record of successful executive leadership in wartime, his role as the "Great Emancipator," and his resolute defense of popular government. Yet the "Global Lincoln" has been a malleable and protean figure, one who is forever being redefined to meet the needs of those who invoke him.

The first study of Lincoln's global legacy, this book tells the unknown and remarkable story of the world-wide impact of one of America's great presidents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195379112
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 08/05/2011
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 606,383
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Richard Carwardine, President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and author of Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power, which won the Lincoln Prize.

Jay Sexton, Lecturer in American History, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and author of The Monroe Doctrine: Empire and Nation in Nineteenth-Century America.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Global Lincoln
Lincoln's Horizons: The Nationalist as Universalist- Richard Carwardine
An American Hero in Prints Abroad: The European Image of Lincoln- Harold Holzer
Abraham Lincoln in Germany and Italy, 1859-1865- Eugenio F. Biagini
Liberte, Egalite, and Lincoln: French Readings of an American President- Michael Vorenberg
Lincoln, the Civil War, and the British: History and Historiography- Lawrence Goldman
"The stuff our dreams are made of": Abraham Lincoln in the English Imagination- Adam I.P. Smith
Abraham Lincoln and Wales- Kenneth O. Morgan
Abraham Lincoln in Irish Political Discourse- Kevin Kenny
Abraham Lincoln's Image and Reception in Germany, 1871-1989- Jorg Nagler
A Man for All Seasons: Lincoln in Spain- Carolyn P. Boyd
Abraham Lincoln, the Russian Empire, and the American Civil War: People, Events, and Retrospectives- Norman E. Saul
Images of Lincoln in Latin America- Nicola Miller
Lincoln in Africa- Kevin Gaines
Defining a Legacy: Lincoln in the National Imaginary of India- Vinay Lal
Abraham Lincoln in East Asia: A Preliminary Historical Review- De-min Tao
Hating and Loving the "Real" Abe Lincolns: Lincoln and the American South- David W. Blight
Projecting Lincoln, Projecting America- Jay Sexton
Appendix: Foreign Language Biographies of Lincoln- George Scratcherd

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