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Edited by Don H. Doyle, American Civil Wars takes listeners beyond the battlefields and sectional divides of the U.S. Civil War to view the conflict from outside the national arena of the United States.

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American Civil Wars takes listeners beyond the battlefields and sectional divides of the U.S. Civil War to view the conflict from outside the national arena of the United States. Contributors position the American conflict squarely in the context of a wider transnational crisis across the Atlantic world, marked by a multitude of civil wars, European invasions and occupations, revolutionary independence movements, and slave uprisings—all taking place in the tumultuous decade of the 1860s. The multiple conflicts described in these essays illustrate how the United States' sectional strife was caught up in a larger, complex struggle in which nations and empires on both sides of the Atlantic vied for the control of the future. These struggles were all part of a vast web, connecting not just Washington and Richmond but also Mexico City, Havana, Santo Domingo, and Rio de Janeiro and—on the other side of the Atlantic—London, Paris, Madrid, and Rome. American Civil Wars creates new connections between the uprisings and civil wars in and outside of American borders and places the United States within a global context of other nations.

"The sesquicentennial of the Civil War era has focused extensively on the national story, but this excellent volume helps correct that overemphasis by expanding greatly our knowledge of the war beyond the United States." ---David Gleeson, author of The Green and the Gray

"Don H. Doyle has curated a collection of essays that both challenges and expands our understanding of the war and positions it in a much-needed global context." ---Gregory P. Downs, author of Declarations of Dependence

American Civil Wars

The United States, Latin America, Europe, and the Crisis of the 1860s

Narrated by Johnny Heller, Jo Anna Perrin

Publication date Apr 30, 2017

Running time 9 hrs

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