American Civil War: The Essential Reference Guide (Google eBook)

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James R. Arnold, Roberta Wiener
ABC-CLIO, Jul 31, 2011 - History - 432 pages
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Coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, American Civil War: The Essential Reference Guide offers an accessible, single-volume source on the conflict that helped define the American nation. Enhanced by contemporary illustrations and documents, this guide promotes a nuanced understanding of the events, personalities, and issues related to the war and its aftermath.

In addition to an AZ encyclopedia of major leaders, events, and issues, this work includes a comprehensive overview essay on the war, plus separate essays by a prominent Civil War historian on its causes and consequences. Perspective essays tackle such widely debated issues as the primary cause of the Confederate defeat and will inspire readers to exercise critical thinking skills. Biographies of military and political leaders provide insights about those individuals who played major roles in the conflict, while entries on key battles showcase the strategies of both sides as they struggled to emerge victorious.

  

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User Review  - Michael Bemis - Book Verdict

This run-of-the-mill rundown of major players (politicians, generals), significant battles (Antietam, Gettysburg, Shiloh), and other important aspects of the war in general includes representative ... Read full review

Contents

REFERENCE ENTRIES
1
PRIMARY SOURCE DOCUMENTS
225
HISTORICAL DILEMMAS IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR
323
American Civil War Timeline
349
Bibliography
393
List of Editors and Contributors
407
About the Editors
409
Index
411
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About the author (2011)

JAMES R. ARNOLD is the author of 10 books on military history, the most recent of which is The Armies of U.S. Grant. Napoleon Conquers Austria completes his two-volume account of the Emperor's decisive 1809 campaign.

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