The Cousins' Wars: Religion, Politics, and the Triumph of Anglo-America

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Basic Books, 1999 - History - 707 pages
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The question at the heart of The Cousinsí Wars is this: How did Anglo-America evolve over a mere three hundred years from a small Tudor kingdom into a global community with such a hegemonic grip on the world today, while no other European power - Spain, France, Germany, or Russia - did? The answer to this, according to Phillips, lies in a close examination of three internecine English-speaking civil wars—the English Civil War, the American Revolution, and the American Civil War. These wars between cousins functioned as crucial anvils on which various religious, ethnic, and political alliances were hammered out between the English-speaking cousin-nations, setting them on a unique two-track path toward world leadership - one aristocratic and aloof to dominate the imperial nineteenth century and the other more egalitarian and democratic to take over in the twentieth century. They also functioned as unfortunate and deadly cultural crucibles for African Americans, Native Americans, and the Irish.Phillipsís analysis shows exactly how these conflicts are inextricably linked and how they seeded each other. He offers often surprising interpretations that cut across the political spectrum - for instance, that the Constitution of the United States, while brilliant in many respects, was also a fatally flawed political compromise that contributed mightily in setting the stage for the final - and the bloodiest - cousinsí war: the American Civil War.With the new millennium upon us and triggering widespread assessment of our nationís place in world history, The Cousinsí Wars provides just the kind of magisterial sweep and revisionist spark to ignite widespread interest and debate. This grand religious, military, and political epic is the multi-dimensional story of the triumph of Anglo-America.

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Review: The Cousins' Wars: Religion, Politics, and the Triumph of Anglo-America

User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

I can't retain Phillips's position on how allegiances in the American Civil War are products of the same forces that drove allegiances in the prior cousins' wars. Maybe that's a consequence of more ... Read full review

Review: The Cousins' Wars: Religion, Politics, and the Triumph of Anglo-America

User Review  - Mark Singer - Goodreads

Ambitious attempt to connect the English Civil War, the American Revolution and the American Civil War through the lens of religion and ethnicity. The premise is fascinating but Philips can be too dense for his own good. Read full review


The Protestant Background of AngloAmerican Expansion and the Counsins Wars
AngloAmericas First Civil Wars The British Setting 16301763
America 17631775 The Inheritance of Revolutionary Conflict
The British Empire and Civil War in the Western Hemisphere 17751783
The Making of a Revolution Patriots Loyalists and Neutrals
Support for the American Revolution Within the British Isles
Trauma and Triumph Saratoga and the Revitalization of the British Empire
Sectionalism Slavery and Religion The Continuity of the Second and Third Cousins Wars
The Cousins Wars and the Shaping of AngloAmerican Politics
Demographic Imperialism The Second Architecture of AngloAmerican Hegemony
The English Language Words as Weaponry?
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Appendix 2
Appendix 3

The Final Cousins Fight Causes and Origins of the American Civil War
The US Civil War Loyalties Alignments and Partisanships 18611865
The US Civil War and the Framework of AngloAmerica

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About the author (1999)

Kevin Phillips is the bestselling author of eight previous books, including The Politics of Rich and Poor (1990) and The Emerging Republican Majority (1969). He is also a commentator for National Public Radio's Morning Edition and a contributing columnist for the Los Angeles Times. In 1984, 1988, 1992, and 1996, he was a national elections commentator for CBS Television News. He lives in West Goshen, Connecticut.

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