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Yankee Leviathan: The Origins of Central State Authority in America, 1859-1877
This book describes the impact of the American Civil War on the development of central state authority in the late nineteenth century. The author contends that intense competition for control of the national political economy between the free North and slave South produced secession, which in turn spawned the formation of two new states, a market-oriented northern Union an ...more
Hardcover, 466 pages
Published January 7th 2015 by Cambridge University Press
(first published 1991)
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Pretty disappointing overall. The author's so interested in providing statistical tables of votes in the House of Representatives (and dividing all votes into "statist" or "antistatist" positions) that he often neglects to identify what actual laws are passed and enacted, what they did, and how they operated. His entire description of the money market operations of the Treasury department in the last half of the book seem extremely confused, and he doesn't connect that description with most of t ...more
An analysis of statist structures in the lead-up to, development during and Reconstruction from the American Civil War on both the Confederate and Union sides. This book deals with slavery as merely a subset of systemic differences between an industrializing North and the plantation-south. It emphasizes the political bases of support (not class-based politics but systemic economic), the use of monetary policy for the industrializing interests of the North and the developing structure of the Amer ...more