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A History of the Civil War, 1861-1865 ❰KINDLE❯ ❆ A History of the Civil War, 1861-1865 Author James Ford Rhodes – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk James Ford Rhodes , was an American industrialist and historian born in Cleveland, Ohio His major work, History of the United States from the Compromise of appeared in seven volumes, the eight vo James Ford Rhodes , of the PDF Ë was an American industrialist and historian born in Cleveland, Ohio His major work, History of the United States from the Compromise ofappeared in seven volumes, the eight volume edition appeared inThe one volume version History of the Civil War,, earned him a Pulitzer Prize in History inHis work focuses on national politics Using newspapers and published memoirs, A History PDF or 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 History of the PDF ´ awarded the Loubat Prize of the Berlin Academy of Sciencesand the gold medal of the National Institute of Arts and LettersOxford and many American universities gave him honorary degrees Amongst his other works are History of the United States from Hayes to McKinleyand Historical Essays.


10 thoughts on “A History of the Civil War, 1861-1865

  1. 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 O 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 wasof 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 becomecommon to seegeneral 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 theinteresting 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 wasfocused 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 quickly 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 consequences 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


  2. 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 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 wouldthan 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


  3. 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 quite 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 conflict.The interesting state of the monetary currency, the impressment issue in the North and South and other matters of Written almost a hundred years ago this single volume history of the Civil War by Ohio native James Ford Rhodes is quite 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 conflict.The interesting state of the monetary currency, the impressment issue in the North and South and other matters of the Civil War


  4. 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.


  5. ralph widmer ralph widmer says:

    Wow A great historical read of the Civil War.The 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.


  6. 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


  7. 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


  8. Matthew Matthew says:

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


  9. 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 online.I 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 w 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 online.I 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 muchthan 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


  10. Michelle Michelle says:

    I cannot say enough of this book Rhodes leaves no stone unturned throughout it The history of the civil war is not told from a biased standpoint He lays out the facts of each side as honestly as possible and only infers his opinions to help understand the strategy thinking of the times His opinions are always declared so and never laid out to be mistaken with fact His style is a brilliant form of narrative that left it hard to put down the work at times I try to reserve my five star rating I cannot say enough of this book Rhodes leaves no stone unturned throughout it The history of the civil war is not told from a biased standpoint He lays out the facts of each side as honestly as possible and only infers his opinions to help understand the strategy thinking of the times His opinions are always declared so and never laid out to be mistaken with fact His style is a brilliant form of narrative that left it hard to put down the work at times I try to reserve my five star ratings, but there is nothing that I could detract from this book Once finished, I wanted to go back and read it from the beginning as with the vast amount of information contained in it I am sure to have missed plenty I can see myself reading this multiple times in the future to gaininformation, pleasure, and to experience the author s style again and again


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10 thoughts on “A History of the Civil War, 1861-1865

  1. 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 O 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 wasof 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 becomecommon to seegeneral 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 theinteresting 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 wasfocused 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 quickly 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 consequences 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

  2. 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 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 wouldthan 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

  3. 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 quite 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 conflict.The interesting state of the monetary currency, the impressment issue in the North and South and other matters of Written almost a hundred years ago this single volume history of the Civil War by Ohio native James Ford Rhodes is quite 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 conflict.The interesting state of the monetary currency, the impressment issue in the North and South and other matters of the Civil War

  4. 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.

  5. ralph widmer ralph widmer says:

    Wow A great historical read of the Civil War.The 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Matthew Matthew says:

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

  9. 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 online.I 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 w 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 online.I 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 muchthan 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

  10. Michelle Michelle says:

    I cannot say enough of this book Rhodes leaves no stone unturned throughout it The history of the civil war is not told from a biased standpoint He lays out the facts of each side as honestly as possible and only infers his opinions to help understand the strategy thinking of the times His opinions are always declared so and never laid out to be mistaken with fact His style is a brilliant form of narrative that left it hard to put down the work at times I try to reserve my five star rating I cannot say enough of this book Rhodes leaves no stone unturned throughout it The history of the civil war is not told from a biased standpoint He lays out the facts of each side as honestly as possible and only infers his opinions to help understand the strategy thinking of the times His opinions are always declared so and never laid out to be mistaken with fact His style is a brilliant form of narrative that left it hard to put down the work at times I try to reserve my five star ratings, but there is nothing that I could detract from this book Once finished, I wanted to go back and read it from the beginning as with the vast amount of information contained in it I am sure to have missed plenty I can see myself reading this multiple times in the future to gaininformation, pleasure, and to experience the author s style again and again

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