A World on Fire

A World on Fire

Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War

eBook - 2010
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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780679603979
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxxix, 958 p., [39] p. of plates) : ill., maps


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loblollyrosa Oct 11, 2012

A great book on British viewpoint, along with their reactions, actions and inactions, of the American Civil War. Highly recommended.

Dec 22, 2011

I should not have enjoyed this book. But I did. Immensely. Weaving together the stories of American diplomats and agents in Britain, and British diplomats, agents, officers and foot soldiers in North America, Foreman offers a new perspective on this most pivotal moment in the young Republic's life. From dinners and balls, to the floors of Parliament and Congress, to the privation and misery of besieged civilians, to the mud under (and often, over) soldiers' feet, the fields of slaughter, hospitals, and prison camps, Foreman provides a panoramic view of the time. More importantly, she makes clear how the experiment in democracy, unsteady on its feet, threatened to involve Europe in what would surely have been a world war.


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