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With a Sword in One Hand and Jomini in the Other The Problem of Military Thought in the Civil War North

Reardon, Carol

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ISBN 10: 0807835609 / ISBN 13: 9780807835609
Published by The University of North Carolina Press, 2012
Condition: Very Good+ Hardcover
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Boards. Signed, inscribed by the author on the half-title page. An excellent copy of the book. No other marking. The dust jacket has only minimal wear. Slight creasing to the upper, rear edge. ; The Steven and Janice Brose Lectures in the Civil War Era; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 177 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 13426

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Title: With a Sword in One Hand and Jomini in the ...

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

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When the Civil War began, Northern soldiers and civilians alike sought a framework to help make sense of the chaos that confronted them. Many turned first to the classic European military texts from the Napoleonic era, especially Antoine Henri Jomini's Summary of the Art of War. As Carol Reardon shows, Jomini's work was only one voice in what ultimately became a lively and contentious national discourse about how the North should conduct war at a time when warfare itself was rapidly changing. She argues that the absence of a strong intellectual foundation for the conduct of war at its start--or, indeed, any consensus on the need for such a foundation--ultimately contributed to the length and cost of the conflict.
Reardon examines the great profusion of new or newly translated military texts of the Civil War years, intended to fill that intellectual void, and draws as well on the views of the soldiers and civilians who turned to them in the search for a winning strategy. In examining how debates over principles of military thought entered into the question of qualifications of officers entrusted to command the armies of Northern citizen soldiers, she explores the limitations of nineteenth-century military thought in dealing with the human elements of combat.

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"This excellent book will change the perceptions of military historians in general and Civil War historians in particular."--John F. Marszalek, executive director, The Ulysses S. Grant Association, Mississippi State University

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