This concise but comprehensive history reflects a synthesis of the major writings on the war, as refined and focused through Professor Roland's own research and interpretation. This is the story of the war with the emphasis on the military action, that element which distinguishes war from all other human activities. Accounts of the major political, economic, diplomatic, social, and cultural developments of the epoch are covered; approximately half of the book is devoted to them. But these discussions are woven into the central narrative in a manner designed to show their role in the war effort itself.
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"Roland wonderfully synthesizes the work and study of generations to produce a sharp and incisive study that will last."--William C. Davis
"An excellent display of clear, succinct prose. . . . Masterfully groups the myriad of battles into a series of campaigns that introduce all the key commanders and strategic decisions."--North Carolina Historical Review
"As an introduction, you couldn't ask for a better place to start, and for the veteran Civil War reader there are new questions to ponder."--Richmond Times-Dispatch
"Provides a perspective, depth, and insight remarkable for a book of its size and scope."--Florida Historical Quarterly
"The best concise narrative of the war currently available."--Journal of Mississippi History
"New buffs will find this probably the best single volume with which to begin their journey into the war. Teachers will find it a splendid introductory textbook."--Journal of Southern HistoryAbout the Author:
Charles P. Roland is an Alumni Professor Emeritus at the University of Kentucky. A native of Tennessee, he holds a B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. He has served on the faculties of Louisiana State University, Tulane University, and the University of Kentucky. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the South and on the Civil War. These include a history of the Confederacy and a biography of Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston. Professor Roland’s career in American military history has been unusual, if not unique. He fought as an infantry officer in Europe during World War II and has served as Assistant to the Chief Historian of the United States Army, as the Harold Keith Johnson Visiting Professor of Military History at the United States Army Military History Institute and Army War College, as the Visiting Professor of Military History at the United States Military Academy, and as chairman of the Department of the Army Historical Advisory Committee. Professor Roland has been president of the Louisiana Historical Association and the Southern Historical Association.
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