The North, the South, and the Powers, 1861-1865

The North the South and the Powers In the s events occurring at places like Gettysburg and Antietam were being followed with interest in the capitals of the world Americans have taken too parochial a view of their Civil War With t

  • Title: The North, the South, and the Powers, 1861-1865
  • Author: David Paul Crook
  • ISBN: 9780471188551
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the 1860 s events occurring at places like Gettysburg and Antietam were being followed with interest in the capitals of the world.Americans have taken too parochial a view of their Civil War With the publication of this book, the war is set in its proper context of international power politics.The author, the Australian historian D P Crook studies the South s questIn the 1860 s events occurring at places like Gettysburg and Antietam were being followed with interest in the capitals of the world.Americans have taken too parochial a view of their Civil War With the publication of this book, the war is set in its proper context of international power politics.The author, the Australian historian D P Crook studies the South s quest for recognition, and the North s fight against intervention He offers fresh assessments of the link between American expansionism in the antebellum era and Union diplomacy under William H Seward And he explores neglected topics such as the economics of Anglo American relations and naval strategy, besides dealing with the foundations of Confederate cotton diplomacy.Professor Crook explains how and why the great European powers of the day adopted a policy of neutrality He shows how that policy was not only shaped by contingency planning and day to day events, but was also based on important general factors the limited options dictated by European power politics, the Anglo American d tente reached in the 1850 s, international economics, and domestic politics in Europe.Seward s plans for starting a Caribbean war, the true nature of the Trent affair, Gladstone s enigmatic role in the British interventionist moves of 1862 3, and the international wrangles caused by the maritime war all are subject to the author s close scrutiny.A final chapter, entitled Verdicts, reveals why the Great Powers exercised restraint, why peace marked the end of a distinctive phase in Atlantic history, why the Civil War was a significant factor in the history of American expansionism, and why the Union victory was interpreted abroad as a victory for militarism, centralist nationalism, and monolithic capitalism.

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    1. Written by an Australian historian, this volume does a fine job synthesizing many different analyses and perspectives on Civil War diplomacy. Crook’s main focus is the interaction between the time’s great powers (Britain, France, and Russia) and their leaders’ views on the American war. Great Britain is usually assumed to have played the key role here; Crook agrees but emphasizes how the possibility of closer ties between America and Russia influenced the policies of Britain and France.Cro [...]

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