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  1. Heinz Reinhardt Heinz Reinhardt says:

    Written at th height of the Great War this scholarly work on the War Between the States albeit over a century old is still a highly readable one Written almost exclusively from the Northern perspective and without bothering investigate the causes of the war beyond a blanket statement of slavery possibly the trend setter for academia as this was an academic work it is worth a look into the foundational structures of what was the North's mythology on the war the war as righteous crusade which is now the national gospel The War Between the States is held hostage by two prevailing mythologies neither of which is truly accurate though both contain enough cores of truth to make them believable and that is both the Nationalist Grand Crusade myth of New England and the Lost Cause myth of the South Both are wrong even if both contain elements of truth The book gives only a cursory glance at military operations though for some reason Rhodes spent an inordinate amount of time on both Chancellorsville and Gettysburg and it should be mentioned that while he was a Northern academic his narrative is infused with voluminous praise for Robert E Lee Once cannot help but get the feeling that Lee was perhaps in private a great hero to Rhodes And why not? While merely painting in broad strokes the rest of the war That said he does make a few very astute observations and analyses His analysis of the great bloodbath in central Tennessee during the bitter winter of 1862 63 the Battle of MurfreesboroStones River runs counter to the vast majority of analysis out there He points out I think rightly that the Battle was only spun by the North as a great victory as a propaganda tool to both bolster flagging morale at home and to make wary the British and French who were keen to intervene on the Southern behalf In truth and I wholeheartedly agree heavily considering my own scholarly monograph on the Murfreesboro Campaign Rhodes points out that Rosecrans merely survived the ferocious Rebel assaults on New Years Eve and that Bragg by hammering so badly the Federals on day 1 and still controlling the route to Chattanooga even after retiring to Tullahoma had performed a strategic positive for the Confederacy Rosecrans and the secondary Federal Army of the war would be immobile for six months following the bloody stalemate at Stones RiverHe isn't as harsh on McClellan as many modern writers something I wholeheartedly agree with alongside Rhodes and points out that McClellan's strategic vision was sound and Rhodes further points out that McClellan's Generalship has been only slandered by looking at the war through the lens of 1864 when the Federals finally improved their command cadres If one takes McClellan at face value he was actually a very good commander certainly better than either Pope or Burnside or arguably even Rosecrans or Buell from the West Beyond military matters Rhodes main focus is on the political And here is the true worth of the book While the story of the Lincoln Administration and it's handling of the war is a well trod path the handling of the International dimensions is what sets this classic work apart In no other work have I ever read such an in depth retelling and analysis of the European dimensions of the war even telling very early on that Lincoln threatened war with Spain and Brazil for their early trade links with the Confederate States You just don't read that in modern works which tend to exclude the international dimension Rhodes spends a great deal of time discussing the financing and taxing of the war including a detailed discussion on the creation of the modern US dollar a Civil War innovation His in depth look at the draft riots in New England are extraordinary in their coverage as is his unbiased appraisal of the lack of Northern spirit for the war on the homefront well before Gettysburg let alone the slaughter that was 1864 While he spends little time on the South he does point out that Southern nationalism though he doesn't refer to it as such was uite real and that the South had of their heart in the war than did the North His main character however is Lincoln Clearly Rhodes admires Lincoln and both Lincoln and Lee come through the text almost exclusively with hardly any criticism at all While Rhodes is fairly blunt in his appraisal of Lincoln's Cabinet he definitely erred on the side of hagiography when it came to Lincoln Despite all of that I can highly recommend this book I didn't find the centuries old writing style a burden I honestly found it refreshingly humane and poignant something entirely absent from modern academia which seems all too often as though written by a machine And while I can point out plenty I disagree with in terms of analytical interpretations this is still a worthwhile book to read And it's only a dollar on Kindle you cannot go wrong with that Give it a look it's worth the time


  2. Dave Dave says:

    James Ford Rhodes May 1st 1848 January 22nd 1927 was both an industrialist and an historian Prior to this work he produced seven volumes of a History of the United States from the Compromise of 1850 an eighth volume was published after this work and he also produced a three volume History of the Civil War 1861 1865 In the preface to this one volume History of the Civil War 1861 1865 he states that this is not an abridgement of his prior work but rather was a fresh study Originally published by The MacMillan Company in 1917 this new History was awarded the 2nd Pulitzer Prize for History in 1918 Rhodes became known for his detailed research and lack of bias which is consistent throughout all his history works His balanced treatment of both sides is a rather stark contrast to the first winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History Jean Jules Jusserand's With Americans of Past and Present Days which was of a celebration of Franco American relations It is interesting while reading this book to think about the way the perceptions of the United States Civil War have changed over the years As an example Rhodes has no difficulty in emphasizing slavery and anti slavery as the primary causes of the war and since that time it has become common to see general references to state rights used perhaps to cover the ugliness of issue Another example would be the way History and Historians treat Robert E Lee Rhodes has high praise for Lee though that is not to say that he doesn't point out his mistakes Lee does not seem to fare so well with modern historians The discussion of other nation's attitudes towards the war is one of the interesting sections at least for me Though ultimately there was no foreign interference it is interesting to learn how a different outcome in a battle here and there could easily have changed things considerably One also gets a slightly different view on the French position towards the Union than one did from the essay from Jusserand's work though to be fair the prior work was focused on their attitude towards slavery and Abraham Lincoln and not as much on the war and its negative effects on France Other interesting chapters and threads throughout the book include looking at how the North responded to the draft especially after it became clear that the war would be won There is a discussion of the politics and the Democratic Party turning into the Copperheads while some legitimate opposition positions were lost as a result of the party pushing their opposition to Lincoln and the war Rhodes also discusses the technology and the failure to uickly move to breech loading rifles His discussion of the economics during the war is also very thorough Obviously there is a discussion on the blockades and blockade running In addition he discusses the currency problems faced both in North and South as well as the debt resulting from the war and the conseuences to the populations of the Union and the Confederacy He also looks at the illegal trade between North and South during the war Not surprisingly Rhodes gives an excellent and thorough evaluation of the Generals and other figures on each side of the war In particular his comparison of the Generals as they come into opposition with each other is particularly well done While the perception of some of them as changed through time one can count on an even appraisal in all cases The same is true for his evaluation of the battles tactics and strategies from the perspective of both sides Of course there are many good books on the United States Civil War which cover these areas but just as obviously this book would not be complete without them One weakness of this history is that despite Rhodes' claim that this was a fresh study he does in the very early discussion inform the reader that his discussion of the supporters for disunion was so complete in his three volume history that it is unnecessary to repeat it at length The result is that one has to wonder how much he is leaving out in this one volume history that was included in his earlier three volume work Having not read his earlier history or his larger history of the entire era it is impossible to judge how much he is leaving out Along the same lines his discussion ends fairly abruptly after describing in some detail Lee's surrender he then briefly mentions the assassination of Lincoln and the surrender of Johnston to Sherman There is no discussion of the aftermath of the war to balance the discussion of the events leading to the start of the war These weaknesses are small though when one looks at the overall strength of the book This one is highly recommended even after 90 years


  3. John John says:

    I read a first edition published by Macmillan in 1917 which included the elegant fold out maps It turned out the maps were unnecessary as Rhodes spent almost no time on any detail of the battles His work 438 pages covers mostly the details of the personalities and politics of the great conflict These he deals with in a business like and straight forward and extremely accurate manner He clearly educates the reader of the political and economic conditions that lead both sides in the early years of the war to conceal from public discourse the obvious and evident nature of the true cause that of course being slavery He elucidates Lincoln's reasoning during 1863 in abandoning this falsity with the eventual publication of the Emancipation Proclamation and how it served among other result to end the duplicity of the English and French and resolved their foreign policy to one of actual neutrality and ended their deceptive and clandestine support of the Confederacy This book is one of politics and strategy and would make an excellent introduction for the beginning student I have often felt that accurate history can hardly be written within 50 years of an event after partisanship and passion have departed the field Rhodes position is certainly sympathetic to the Union cause how could it be otherwise for a civilized writer in the 20th century? but he deals evenhandedly with most events and issues So far as I known contemporary historians would take no significant exceptions to Rhodes excellent little work Given the nature of Rhodes' work a low cost paperback or electronic copy would than suffice most readers For those seeking the immense detail of the Civil War years including military aspects I know of none better than Shelby Foote for those who can digest 3000 pages


  4. John Davis John Davis says:

    Written almost a hundred years ago this single volume history of the Civil War by Ohio native James Ford Rhodes is uite engaging in its straight forward narrative Between the accounts of the major battles he gives interesting insight to the affects of the War on foreign economies the civilian home fronts in the South and the North and other social concerns affected by the conflictThe interesting state of the monetary currency the impressment issue in the North and South and other matters of the Civil War


  5. Matthew Slaven Matthew Slaven says:

    I thought this was an excellent book I really enjoyed the balance between the history of the military events and the political social and economic circumstances of the war It is an extremely accessible read and gave me a good sense of the major themes that determined the war's course and outcome I deducted one star because it suffers slightly from the common ailment of many history books in that it focuses primarily on the side that ultimately won the war


  6. ralph widmer ralph widmer says:

    Wow A great historical read of the Civil WarThe author does an excellent job of reviewing significant details on the Civil War Extensive research and information included in this work so much so that if you cannot read this work in a fairly short time frame you may want to keep notes on who's who so you don't get confused


  7. Matthew Matthew says:

    Although I had difficulty following a few times I learned a LOT


  8. Brian Chapman Brian Chapman says:

    Informative and keeps you interested Very well written One of the best books on the civil war that I've read I definitely recommend this book


  9. Chris Chris says:

    “Which is the better policy to transmit to mankind despotism or liberty? The better injunction Submit yourselves to Caesar or give every man a chance?”


  10. Mike Ehlers Mike Ehlers says:

    Excellent overview of the Civil War and I can see why it won a Pulitzer Worth reading 90 years later makes you realize the book was written closer to the war itself than to the present I read this onlineI was impressed with the scope of the book covering not just the fighting but politics foreign interest diplomacy economics business and society as well to name a few But due to its nature you sometimes notice the lack of detail in the book It is very literally a history of the war as motivations before the war and reactions after are not included In fact Lincoln's assassination isn't given much than a few paragraphs But it did make me want to seek out Rhodes' larger work History of the United States in several volumes so I guess I liked the author's style


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History of the Civil War, 1861-1865 ➽ [Download] ✤ History of the Civil War, 1861-1865 By James Ford Rhodes ➲ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk James Ford Rhodes 1848 1927 was an American industrialist and historian born in Cleveland Ohio His major work History of the United States from the Compromise of 1850 appeared in seven volumes 1893 19 James Ford Rhodes the Civil PDF ↠ was an American industrialist and historian born in Cleveland Ohio His major work History of the United History of eBook Þ States from the Compromise of appeared in seven volumes ; the eight volume edition appeared in The one volume version of the Civil Kindle Ñ History of the Civil War earned him a Pulitzer Prize in History in His work focuses on national politics Using newspapers and published memoirs Rhodes meticulously reconstructed the process by which major national decisions were made He carefully evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of all the major leaders and is well regarded for his lack of bias He emphasized slavery and anti slavery as causes of the Civil War and bemoaned the corruption of the Reconstruction Republican governments in Washington and the Southern states He was awarded the Loubat Prize of the Berlin Academy of Sciences and the gold medal of the National Institute of Arts and Letters Oxford and many American universities gave him honorary degrees Amongst his other works are History of the United States from Hayes to McKinley and Historical Essays .

  • Paperback
  • 364 pages
  • History of the Civil War, 1861-1865
  • James Ford Rhodes
  • English
  • 22 May 2016
  • 9781409961079