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The Resource A world on fire : Britain's crucial role in the American Civil War, Amanda Foreman

A world on fire : Britain's crucial role in the American Civil War, Amanda Foreman

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A world on fire : Britain's crucial role in the American Civil War
Title
A world on fire
Title remainder
Britain's crucial role in the American Civil War
Statement of responsibility
Amanda Foreman
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In this book the author presents a history of the role of British citizens in the American Civil War that offers insight into the interdependencies of both nations and how the Union worked to block diplomatic relations between England and the Confederacy. Even before the first rumblings of secession shook the halls of Congress, British involvement in the coming schism was inevitable. Britain was dependent on the South for cotton, and in turn the Confederacy relied almost exclusively on Britain for guns, bullets, and ships. The Union sought to block any diplomacy between the two and consistently teetered on the brink of war with Britain. For four years the complex web of relationships between the countries led to defeats and victories both minute and history making. In this book the author examines the fraught relations from multiple angles while she introduces characters both humble and grand, bringing them to life over the course of this narrative. Between 1861 and 1865, thousands of British citizens volunteered for service on both sides of the Civil War. From the first cannon blasts on Fort Sumter to Lee's surrender at Appomattox, they served as officers and infantrymen, sailors and nurses, blockade runners and spies. Through personal letters, diaries, and journals, the author has woven together their experiences to form a view of the war on the front lines, in the prison camps, and in the great cities of both the Union and the Confederacy. Through the eyes of these brave volunteers we see the details of the struggle for life and the great and powerful forces that threatened to demolish a nation. In the drawing rooms of London and the offices of Washington, on muddy fields and aboard packed ships, the author reveals the decisions made, the beliefs held and contested, and the personal triumphs and sacrifices that ultimately led to the reunification of America
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1968-
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Foreman, Amanda
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • Great Britain
  • United States
  • Great Britain
  • Public opinion
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A world on fire : Britain's crucial role in the American Civil War, Amanda Foreman
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Publication
Note
Originally published: London : Allen Lane, 2010 with the subtitle: "an epic history of two nations divided." Also published in hardcover: New York : Random House, 2011
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [813]-916) and index
Contents
Cotton is King. The uneasy cousins -- On the best of terms -- "The cards are in our hands!" -- Expectations are dashed -- The Rebel yell -- War by other means -- "It takes two to make a quarrel" -- The lion roars back -- The war moves to England -- The first blow against slavery -- Five miles from Richmond -- The South is rising -- Is blood thicker than water? -- A fateful decision -- Fire All Around Them. Bloodbath at Fredericksburg -- The missing key to victory -- "The tinsel has worn off" -- Faltering steps of a counterrevolution -- Prophecies of blood and suffering -- The key is in the lock -- The eve of battle -- Crossroads at Gettysburg -- Pressure rising -- Devouring the young -- River of death -- Can the nation endure? -- If Only We Are Spared. Buckling under pressure -- A great slaughter -- "Defiance to her enemies" -- "Can we hold out?" -- The crisis comes -- The tyranny of hope -- "Come retribution" -- "War is cruelty" -- "The British mark on every battle-field" -- "Richmond tomorrow" -- Fire, fire -- "A true-born king of men."
Control code
ocn785081770
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxxix, [vii], 958, [1] p., [39] p. of plates
Isbn
9780375756962
Isbn Type
(pbk)
Other physical details
ill., maps, ports.
Label
A world on fire : Britain's crucial role in the American Civil War, Amanda Foreman
Publication
Note
Originally published: London : Allen Lane, 2010 with the subtitle: "an epic history of two nations divided." Also published in hardcover: New York : Random House, 2011
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [813]-916) and index
Contents
Cotton is King. The uneasy cousins -- On the best of terms -- "The cards are in our hands!" -- Expectations are dashed -- The Rebel yell -- War by other means -- "It takes two to make a quarrel" -- The lion roars back -- The war moves to England -- The first blow against slavery -- Five miles from Richmond -- The South is rising -- Is blood thicker than water? -- A fateful decision -- Fire All Around Them. Bloodbath at Fredericksburg -- The missing key to victory -- "The tinsel has worn off" -- Faltering steps of a counterrevolution -- Prophecies of blood and suffering -- The key is in the lock -- The eve of battle -- Crossroads at Gettysburg -- Pressure rising -- Devouring the young -- River of death -- Can the nation endure? -- If Only We Are Spared. Buckling under pressure -- A great slaughter -- "Defiance to her enemies" -- "Can we hold out?" -- The crisis comes -- The tyranny of hope -- "Come retribution" -- "War is cruelty" -- "The British mark on every battle-field" -- "Richmond tomorrow" -- Fire, fire -- "A true-born king of men."
Control code
ocn785081770
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxxix, [vii], 958, [1] p., [39] p. of plates
Isbn
9780375756962
Isbn Type
(pbk)
Other physical details
ill., maps, ports.

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