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The American Civil War and the Wars of the Industrial Revolution (Cassell History of Warfare)
The social and political changes wrought by the Industrial Revolution transformed everything from the balance of power between nations to arms manufacturing to battlefield tactics and strategy. Using three wars as examples -- most dramatically the American Civil War -- trace the development of land fighting and the effects of higher command during this period of tumultuous ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Cassell
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Brian Holden Reid’s goal in this book, as he states in its introduction, is to place the Civil War in context with two other major conflicts of the mid-19th century, the Crimean War and the wars of German unification. Contrary to many traditional accounts of the warfare of the era, he sees the three as reflecting the evolution of large-scale industrialized warfare during those decades, with the different struggles nevertheless demonstrating commonalities in the impact of new technologies and the ...more
I can't figure out who this book is supposed to be for. There isn't enough detail to satisfy the enthusiast, yet characters are constantly introduced without context (the author will mention a regiment without bothering to identify which side they were on), baffling a the casual reader. There are some well-chosen illustrations, but the maps aren't all that helpful since they tend to lack detail (often failing to label features mentioned in the text and lacking any basic description of symbology) ...more
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