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A world on fire :
Britain's crucial role in the American Civil War /
|Main Creator:||Foreman, Amanda, 1968-|
In this book the author presents a history of the role of British citizens in the American Civil War that offers insight into the interdependencies of both nations and how the Union worked to block diplomatic relations between England and the Confederacy. Even before the first rumblings of secession shook the halls of Congress, British involvement in the coming schism was inevitable. Britain was dependent on the South for cotton, and in turn the Confederacy relied almost exclusively on Britain for guns, bullets, and ships. The Union sought to block any diplomacy between the two and consistently teetered on the brink of war with Britain. For four years the complex web of relationships between the countries led to defeats and victories both minute and history making. In this book the author examines the fraught relations from multiple angles while she introduces characters both humble and grand, bringing them to life over the course of this narrative. Between 1861 and 1865, thousands of British citizens volunteered for service on both sides of the Civil War. From the first cannon blasts on Fort Sumter to Lee's surrender at Appomattox, they served as officers and infantrymen, sailors and nurses, blockade runners and spies. Through personal letters, diaries, and journals, the author has woven together their experiences to form a view of the war on the front lines, in the prison camps, and in the great cities of both the Union and the Confederacy. Through the eyes of these brave volunteers we see the details of the struggle for life and the great and powerful forces that threatened to demolish a nation. In the drawing rooms of London and the offices of Washington, on muddy fields and aboard packed ships, the author reveals the decisions made, the beliefs held and contested, and the personal triumphs and sacrifices that ultimately led to the reunification of America.
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New York : Random House, ©2010.
Originally published: London : Allen Lane, 2010. Subtitle varies.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 813-916) and index.
Highly-praised history of the role of British citizens in the American Civil War and how the Union worked to block diplomatic relations between England and the Confederacy.
Physical description: xxxix, 958 pages,  pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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