Great Britain and the Confederate Navy, 1861-1865

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Indiana University Press, 1970 - History - 342 pages
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"A masterful account of Confederate naval strategy and personnel... [and] the response of Britain to the efforts of the Confederacy to acquire a navy in Britain and thus traverse Britain's neutral obligations." --American Historical Review

This book, originally issued in 1970, describes the frustrated, faltering, and sometimes heroic attempts of the Confederacy to circumvent British neutrality and build a navy in Great Britain during the American Civil War. The story possesses many of the elements of good fiction: there are the sharply rendered principal actors; the suspense and narrative excitement of the adventures of the Southern raiders; and the cunning appraisals of diplomatic intrigues, maneuverings, and oversights. This is a readable and illuminating account of the diplomatic maneuverings behind the Confederacy's failed attempt to enlist British aid for the secessionist cause.

  

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
3
part one
48
DIPLOMATIC INTERLUDE
100
part two
117
SCOTTISH SEA MONSTER
134
A CURIOUS CASE
160
PART ONE
178
Eleven
218
BLOCKADE RUNNERS
235
CONCLUSION
250
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY
261
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Frank J. Merli was Professor of History at Queens College in the City University of New York.

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