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The dogs of war, 1861 / Emory M. Thomas.

By: Thomas, Emory M, 1939-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Oxford ; Oxford University Press, [2011]Copyright date: ©2011Distributor: New York Description: xi, 113 pages : maps ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780195174700 (cloth : acid-free paper); 0195174704 (cloth : acid-free paper).Subject(s): Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Political and social views | Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889 -- Political and social views | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Causes | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Public opinion | Public opinion -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Public opinion -- Confederate States of America | Sectionalism (U.S.) -- History -- 19th centuryDDC classification: 973.7/11
Contents:
The martial moment, 1861 -- War dogs, 1861 and after -- Abraham Lincoln and the coming of the war -- Jefferson Davis and the coming of the war -- Chum? : first blood in Bull Run, 1861 -- Conclusion : resonance.
Summary: Provides an account of the months leading up to the Civil War, focusing on the misconceptions that led both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, as well as American citizens, to believe the battle would be brief.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

The martial moment, 1861 -- War dogs, 1861 and after -- Abraham Lincoln and the coming of the war -- Jefferson Davis and the coming of the war -- Chum? : first blood in Bull Run, 1861 -- Conclusion : resonance.

Provides an account of the months leading up to the Civil War, focusing on the misconceptions that led both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, as well as American citizens, to believe the battle would be brief.

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Thomas (history, emeritus, Univ. of Georgia; Robert E. Lee) essays the decision making of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis in bringing on war and concludes that neither leader, or side, appreciated the nature and costs of war and thus acted out of imagined results rather than informed assessment. Politicians failed to consult and consider the judgments of the military that a civil war would be long-lasting, expensive in men and money, and uncertain in outcome. Thomas also insists that the approaches of both Northerners and Southerners to the war were limited by their own regional cultures, with Northerners thinking war would instill manliness and purpose and Southerners believing it would be an apocalyptic catharsis after a generation of sectional strife. Each side thought the other would not fight in any case. Intelligent and engaging, if also more speculation than demonstration, Thomas's musings will remind readers that wars should not be left to either generals or politicians alone. An instructive lesson recommended for any free people thinking they can control events, especially wars, simply because they think their cause is just. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Emory M. Thomas is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Georgia. His books include Robert E. Lee: A Biography, Bold Dragoon: The Life of J.E.B. Stuart, and The Confederate Nation, 1861-1865.

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