American Civil Wars

The United States, Latin America, Europe, and the Crisis of the 1860s

Edited by Don H. Doyle

272 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 1 fig, notes, index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3109-7
    Published: February 2017
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3108-0
    Published: February 2017
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3110-3
    Published: February 2017

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American Civil Wars takes readers beyond the battlefields and sectional divides of the U.S. Civil War to view the conflict from outside the national arena of the United States. Contributors position the American conflict squarely in the context of a wider transnational crisis across the Atlantic world, marked by a multitude of civil wars, European invasions and occupations, revolutionary independence movements, and slave uprisings—all taking place in the tumultuous decade of the 1860s. The multiple conflicts described in these essays illustrate how the United States’ sectional strife was caught up in a larger, complex struggle in which nations and empires on both sides of the Atlantic vied for the control of the future. These struggles were all part of a vast web, connecting not just Washington and Richmond but also Mexico City, Havana, Santo Domingo, and Rio de Janeiro and--on the other side of the Atlantic--London, Paris, Madrid, and Rome. This volume breaks new ground by charting a hemispheric upheaval and expanding Civil War scholarship into the realms of transnational and imperial history. American Civil Wars creates new connections between the uprisings and civil wars in and outside of American borders and places the United States within a global context of other nations.

Contributors:

Matt D. Childs, University of South Carolina

Anne Eller, Yale University

Richard Huzzey, University of Liverpool

Howard Jones, University of Alabama

Patrick J. Kelly, University of Texas at San Antonio

Rafael de Bivar Marquese, University of São Paulo

Erika Pani, College of Mexico

Hilda Sabato, University of Buenos Aires

Stève Sainlaude, University of Paris IV Sorbonne

Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, Tufts University

Jay Sexton, University of Oxford

About the Author

Don H. Doyle is McCausland Professor of History at the University of South Carolina.

Reviews

"By lifting the U.S. Civil War out of the usual nationalist frameworks, American Civil Wars accomplishes the seemingly impossible feat of saying something new about the U.S. Civil War. Don H. Doyle has curated a collection of essays that both challenges and expands our understanding of the war and positions it in a much-needed global context."--Gregory P. Downs, author of Declarations of Dependence

"The sesquicentennial of the Civil War era has focused extensively on the national story, but this excellent volume helps correct that overemphasis by expanding greatly our knowledge of the war beyond the United States. Indeed, the essays here clearly show that one cannot understand the conflict itself and its full implications unless one examines it in hemispheric and transatlantic context."--David Gleeson, author of The Green and the Gray