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The Centennial History of the Civil War Trilogy

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The Centennial of the Civil War was memorialized from 1961 to 1965. Publication of Bruce Catton's trilogy highlighted this era. Unlike his previous trilogy, these books focused not only on military topics, but on social, economic & political topics as well.

The Coming Fury (1961)—Explores the causes & events leading to the start of the war, culminating in its 1st ma
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Hardcover, 1680 pages
Published 1965 by Doubleday & Company (Garden City, NY) (first published 1961)
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Erik Graff
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This is amateur, but superb, historian Catton's most thorough work about the American Civil War and should probably be read before his works on the Army of the Potomac, U.S. Grant etc. Not knowing what I was doing or much of anything about the author, I just wanted a general survey of the War Between the States while I was reading Marx and Engels' writings from the same period, much of which contained reference to the events in the USA/CSA--including, incidentally, a letter to Lincoln--in which ...more
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Catton was known as a narrative historian who specialized in popular histories that emphasized the colorful characters and vignettes of history, in addition to the simple dates, facts, and analysis. His works, although well-researched, were generally not presented in a rigorous academic style, supported by footnotes. In the long line of Civil War historians, Catton is arguably the most prolific an ...more
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