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On the road to total war : the American Civil War and the German Wars of Unification, 1861-1871 /
edited by Stig Förster and Jörg Nagler.
imprint
Washington, D.C. : German Historical Institute ; Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
description
xii, 705 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521560713 (hc)
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imprint
Washington, D.C. : German Historical Institute ; Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
isbn
0521560713 (hc)
local note
AYR-9397
catalogue key
1078494
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"...students...will value important essays on Civil War prisons..., mobilization of African Americans ..., and northern politics and abolition ...." Kentucky Historical Society
"...the book as a whole is a major contribution to the historiography of war, significantly expanding our understanding of the Civil War and the German Wars of Unification." Mackubiun Thomas Owens, Washington Times
"The editors of this massive volume have tackled several controversial issues at once and, to send a resume ahead, the result is at least interesting, sometimes refreshing and thought-provoking, and often enlightening." Wolfgang Hochbruck, H-Net Reviews
"The essays collected in On the Road to Total War make worthwhile reading for anyone interested in American of German history, or military history in general. [Förster and Nagler] have done a superb job of arranging the essays...[this collection] enlarges the understanding of what soldiers and civilians, generals and statesmen, and their contemporaries thought was at wtake in two major conflicts of the 19th century, how prepared they were to sacrifice blood or treasure to win, and whether in the end they believed that what was gained was worth the price." Joint Force Quarterly
"This large book is a colection of exceptionally well researched and thoughtful essays....rewards reading from cover to cover." Michael J. Zeps, History
"This seven-hundred-page volume is a fascinating,...collection of papers...." Peter Bergmann, Jrnl of American History
"...a rich, indeed profound, study of war in its many aspects. In their exploration of such issues as mass mobilization, civil-military relations, and popular attitudes to war, many of these essays shed light on issues that remain with militaries to this day. This is comparative history and collective scholarship at its very best." Eliot A. Cohen, Foreign Affairs
" On the Road to Total War is a substantial and hansomely produced volume, based on a 1992 conference sponsered by the German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C. ...the resulting publication is a valuable compendium of views. This is a stimulating book, including material of value, not just in the political and military conduct of the three wars, but on all aspects of societies and economies at war." Brian Holden Reid, Military History
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Summaries
Main Description
On the Road to Total War is a collection of essays that attempts to trace the roots and development of total industrialized warfare (which terrorizes citizens and soliders alike). International scholars focus on the social, political, economic, and cultural aspects and on the societal impacts of the American Civil War and the German Wars of Unification. Mass mobilization of people and resources and growing nationalism led to this totalization of war in nineteenth-century industrialized nations.
Main Description
On the Road to Total War attempts to trace the roots and development of total industrialised warfare, a concept which terrorises citizens and soldiers alike. Mass mobilisation of people and resources and the growth of nationalism led to this totalisation of war in nineteenth-century industrialised nations. In this collection of essays, international scholars focus on the social, political, economic, and cultural impact of the American Civil War and the German Wars of Unification.
Description for Bookstore
This is a collection of essays by international scholars which attempts to trace the roots and development of total industrialized warfare. It focuses on the social, political, economic, and cultural impact of the American Civil War and the German Wars of Unification.
Description for Bookstore
On the Road to Total War is a collection of essays which attempt to trace the roots and development of total industrialized warfare (which terrorizes citizens and soliders alike). International scholars focus on the social, political, economic, and cultural aspects and on the societal impacts of the American Civil War and the German Wars of Unification. Mass mobilization of people and resources and growing nationalism led to this totalization of war in nineteenth century industrialized nations.
Table of Contents
Introduction Stig Forster and Jörg Nagler
Basic Questions
Was the Civil War a Total War?
The American Civil War and the German Wars of Unification: the problem of comparison
Nationalism, Leadership, and War
Confederate identity and the will to fight
Unionism and Abolition: political mobilization in the North
The Prussian triangle of leadership in the face of peopleâÇÖs war: a reassessment of the conflict between Bismarck and Moltke, 1870-71
Union generalship, political leadership, and Total War strategy
Mobilization and Warfare
The Civil War armies: creation, mobilization, and development
African-Americans and the mobilization for the Civil War
The Civil War economy: a modern view
Industry and warfare in Prussia
The Prussian army from reform to war
French mobilization in 1870
From limited war to Total War in America
Remarks on the preconditions to waging war in Prussia-Germany, 1866-1871
The Home Front
Loyalty and dissent: the home front in the American Civil War
âÇ The better angels of our natureâÇÖ: Lincoln, propaganda, and public opinion in the North during the Civil War
The permanence of internal war: the Prussian state and its opponents, 1870-71
French public opinion in 1870-71 and the emergence of Total War
Women and war in the Confederacy Donna
German patriotic womenâÇÖs work in war and peacetime, 1864-1890
The Reality of War
Tactics, trenches, and men in the Civil War
Daily life at the front and the concept of Total War
At the nihilist edge: reflections on guerrilla warfare during the American Civil War
The wars against Paris
âÇ Our prison system, supposing we had anyâÇÖ: the Confederate and Union prison systems
French prisoners of war in Germany, 1870-71
The Legacy
The influence of the German Wars of Unification upon the United States
From Civil War to world power: perceptions and realities, 1865-1914
The myth of Gambetta and the âÇ peopleâÇÖs warâÇÖ in Germany and France, 1871-1914
War memorials: a legacy of Total War?
Conclusions
The American Civil War and the German Wars of Unification: some parting shots
Index
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