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

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  77 ratings  ·  10 reviews
We have for years needed a serious, scholarly, readable work on the Confederate nation that rounds up modem scholarship and offers a fresh and detached view of the whole subject. This work fills that order admirably ... [Thomas] sensibly and deftly integrates the course of Southern military fortunes with the concerns that shaped them and were shaped by them. In doing so he ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 1st 1981 by Harper Perennial (first published January 1st 1979)
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Erik Graff
Mar 30, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Americans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
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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
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
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:
The best single-volume study out there.
Luke Cochran
If you are looking for a southern perspective on the war this is the book for you. I enjoyed the way the book flowed, as it was not choppy like some history "textbooks".
Sean Chick
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.
Evan Thomas
An excellent easy to read history of how the South became the Confederacy and in doing so, became a centralized almost socialist state.
Ben Rothman
This is really just a short battle history. Not worth the 34 cents I spent on Amazon.
Pretty dry material I had to read for a Civil War class.
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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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