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Confederate States Of America

3.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  46 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
This title provides an insightful conjecture on the possible outcomes of the American Civil War, following the consequences of the 'what if' scenario.
Published July 28th 2005 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published May 1st 2005)
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Feb 17, 2014 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read numerous books about how the South could have won the Civil War. Some better than others.

This is not a novel. it is a scholarly attempt by Roger Ransom to examine what happens after 1865 to the Confederate States of America after their victory over Federal forces.

Excellant footnotes and bibliography. The sections regarding economics were well written and thought provoking. He made numerous references to other 'counterfactual' books and articles.

However, some of the information abou
Jan 29, 2015 Socraticgadfly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
The first half of this book, the intro, and an alternative history scenario about how the Confederacy could have won the Civil War, is plausible.

The second half, about what would have happened after 1865?

Not very plausible at all.

1. New Mexico would have resisted being part of South in any peace treaty; Hispanics hated Texans; NM whites would often have joined them in an internal Confederate Civil War, especially if NM residents would have supplied Comanches
2. Lincoln in 1863 couldn’t get tiny D
April Helms
Oct 04, 2009 April Helms rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, history
Maybe I'm strange, but I love talking with my friends about the "what ifs" in history. What if Hitler would have stopped with Austria. What if Watergate was never uncovered. What if the Confederacy won the Civil War.
It's this last "what if" that makes up Ransom's interesting and very dense book. This isn't a novel you can sit down and read in one setting, but for history buffs who like to see a possible "alternate universe," this is a must-read. What's nice is this book goes through what really
Matt Mitrovich
Jan 27, 2013 Matt Mitrovich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When someone wants to change the outcome of a war, they usually jump into their time machine and give the losing side modern weapons, like AK-47s. I for one think knowledge is a more potent weapon, so if I wanted to change the outcome of the American Civil War I would go back to 1861 and give Lee and Davis The Confederate States of America: What Might Have Been by Roger L. Ransom.

The Confederate States of America is a counterfactual history of the America stretching from the beginning of the cou
Robert Brents
Jun 27, 2014 Robert Brents rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're familiar with the events of the Civil War, the first few chapters can seem tedious, but remember, this was written by an academic as a serious counterfactual history of the Civil War and the Confederacy. I found it to be the most well-reasoned "alternative history" of the CSA I have yet read. It was not as interesting a read as I expected, but it was very believable and I'm glad I stayed with it.
David R.
This is one of the more cerebral counterfactuals I have seen in many years. Ransom approaches the subject as something of an economist and delivers up some thoughtful ideas about the way a Confederate victory may have occurred (as usual, at Gettysburg). The concluding scene (after a war in 1918) is ludicrous, ruining the effect.
Clay Davis
Oct 29, 2012 Clay Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very well researched book about the Cofederate States of America.
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cool book. counterfactual reality (?) but well done mix of facts and what could have happened and the result of that. i like it.
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