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The Confederate Nation: 1861-1865 (The New American Nation Series)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  124 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
We have for years needed a serious, scholarly, readable work on the Confederate state that rounds up modem scholarship & offers a fresh, detached view of the whole subject. This work fills that order admirably...[it] sensibly & deftly integrates the course of Southern military fortunes with the concerns that shaped them & were shaped by them. In doing so he als ...more
Hardcover, 1st, 400 pages
Published January 1st 1979 by Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc. (NYC et al.)
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Erik Graff
Mar 30, 2013 Erik Graff rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Americans
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Shelves: history
I'd long wanted to read a history of the American Civil War from the perspective of the Confederate States. Catton sometimes does sympathetically adopt the Southern perspective in his books, but his basic orientation is Unionist and his perspectives are usually those of the officers and troops. Thomas, however, gave me what I wanted. A retired University of Georgia professor, his vantage is definitely Southern.

Most interesting to me in this book was the discussion of how General Lee was successf
Sep 10, 2013 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political, history
The only reason I decided to give this book four stars out of five is because Thomas makes no mention on how the Confederate government viewed the Emancipation Proclamation. It is often stated by historians that the Emancipation Proclamation was the death blow to the Southern economy. I would have liked to have seen how Thomas tackled this accusation by giving us the accounts of Confederate officials and how they perceived this attack on their peculiar institution. Was the Emancipation Proclamat ...more
For those looking for a single volume on the confederacy’s view of the civil war from the view of the confederate government then look no further. Emory Thomas takes a look less at the military battles and more at the southern political will and organization that was built up around the southern states making up the Confederate States of America (CSA). The book looks at the domestic institutions such as local governments and the post office as well as the military structure of the departments of ...more
Aug 10, 2015 Rodrigo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Confederate Nation: 1861-1865 is a compelling, thoughtful and thoroughly researched book that provides the reader with a quick, yet comprehensive insight on the affairs of the failed Confederate state from its inception in 1861 up until its dissolution in 1865.

For all the research that the author carried out to write this fine manuscript, however, its succint character renders it unable to tap on its full potential, rendering the book lacking if you expect it to convey anything more than a q
Nov 29, 2008 AC rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 19th-century
A fairly good, if rapid survey of the rise and fall of Confederate nationalism - marred by the author's enthusiasm for his subject(s). I was interested in this book because of the general theme of revolutionary nationalism that is developed. This next book, which I have not yet read, looks to be deeper and subtler:
Jay Perkins
With a focus on the origin and development of Confederate nationalism, Thomas explores the history of the short lived Southern experiment. Significantly, the south had to sacrifice many of her core antebellum, laissez-faire, values to create a slaveholders republic. Excellent but not exhaustive, it's an easy and surprisingly quick read.
Evan Thomas
Apr 17, 2011 Evan Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent easy to read history of how the South became the Confederacy and in doing so, became a centralized almost socialist state.
Sean Chick
Jun 15, 2012 Sean Chick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wsh I could rate it higher, but Thomas's military narrative was lacking and his style is dry. Otherwise, this is a book worth reading.
May 06, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably more like 3.5 stars: good content, but not the best writing (a bit repetitive and he seemed to force in big words when they weren't necessary)
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A noted scholar of the Civil War, Emory Thomas is a Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Georgia.
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