The Origins of the American Civil War

1st Edition

Brian Holden Reid

Routledge
Published August 13, 1996
Textbook - 456 Pages
ISBN 9780582491786 - CAT# Y159004
Series: Origins Of Modern Wars

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Summary

The American Civil War (1861-65) was the bloodiest war of the nineteenth century and its impact continues to be felt today. It, and its origins have been studied more intensively than any other period in American history, yet it remains profoundly controversial. Brian Holden Reid's formidable volume is a major contribution to this ongoing historical debate. Based on a wealth of primary research, it examines every aspect of the origins of the conflict and addresses key questions such as was it an avoidable tragedy, or a necessary catharsis for a divided nation? How far was slavery the central issue? Why should the conflict have errupted into violence and why did it not escalate into world war?

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