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Published: 18 May 2012

592 Pages | 20 b/w halftones, 8 maps

6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199843282

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A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction

Allen C. Guelzo

  • Presents the Civil War in a 360º-view - not just the battles and leaders, but the full context of women, diplomats, slaves, blockade-runners, theologians, poets, bureaucrats, rioters and refugees
  • Ties the Civil War securely to Reconstruction and the image of the Civil War in American memory
  • Based on the most up-to-date research and publications in every significant field of Civil War research
  • Places the Civil War, including its battles, in a global context for the 1860s, especially the context of European warcraft

New to this Edition:

  • substantially revamped the treatment of military tactics and strategy , the role of wartime intellectuals
  • updated section on emancipation and the contraband controversy, based on the latest scholarship
  • deemphasized religious and intellectual history
  • new discussion of Lincoln's relationship with his cabinet
  • updated treatment of the question of international intervention and diplomacy
  • new material on the role of wartime intellectuals
  • more detailed analysis of the military and political struggle over the West
  • heavily revised art program
  • this edition has maps while the previous edition had none

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