The Cousins' Wars: Religion, Politics, Civil Warfare, And The Triumph Of Anglo-America

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Basic Books, Jan 7, 2000 - History - 736 pages
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The question at the heart of The Cousins' 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.Phillips's 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—cousins' war: the American Civil War.With the new millennium upon us and triggering widespread assessment of our nation's place in world history, The Cousins' 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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User Review  - vpfluke - LibraryThing

This is quite a book to pore through. I had never thought about the similarity of peoples fighting the English Civil War in the 17th century, the American Revolution in the 18th century, and the U.S ... Read full review

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User Review  - ianracey - LibraryThing

The Cousins' Wars considers the English Civil War (1642-49), the American Revolutionary War (1775-81) and the American Civil War (1861-65) as an evolutionary sequence of events, each successive war an ... 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 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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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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