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One War at a Time : International Dimensions of the Anerican Civil War - Dean B. Mahin

One War at a Time

International Dimensions of the Anerican Civil War

Paperback Published: 1st November 2000
ISBN: 9781574883015
Number Of Pages: 344

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One War at a Time—Lincoln's axiom for Union diplomacy—refutes the opinion of most historians and biographers that Lincoln played only a minor role in U.S. foreign relations. Rather, the book shows that Lincoln skillfully conducted a dangerous diplomatic balancing act, avoiding war with England and France while using the threat of war to prevent European recognition of Confederate independence. No other book offers such a thorough review of Union and Confederate relations with Britain. Author Dean B. Mahin also provides the first full analysis of U.S. and Confederate reactions to the French intervention in Mexico. His review of Civil War foreign policy adds a new dimension to our understanding of the great conflict.

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A needed and authoritative study of Civil War diplomacy . . . RICHMOND DISPATCH Although foreign intervention . . . might have changed the outcome of the Civil War, comparatively little has been written about the diplomacy of the war years. Dean Mahin's well-researched book makes an important contribution to the literature . . . . -"John M. Taylor, author of DUTY FAITHFULLY PERFORMED: ROBERT E. LEE AND HIS CRITICS and WHILE CANNONS ROARED: THE CIVIL WAR BEHIND THE LINES

Prefacep. viii
Holding Watch Against Foreign Intrusion: Abraham Lincoln and Foreign Affairsp. 1
To Be Treated as Other Independent Nations: Confederate Foreign Policyp. 15
A Powerlessness to Comprehend: British Reactions to the American Civil Warp. 23
Recognition Would Be Intervention: Union and Confederate Relations with Britain, April-November 1861p. 44
A Gross Outrage: The Trent Crisis, November-December 1861p. 58
Cotton Is King: Cotton in Confederate Diplomacy, Trade, and Financep. 83
A War with America Would Hamper My Operations: Union and Confederate Relations with France, 1861-1862p. 95
Maintaining the Independence of Mexico: Union Relations with the Mexican Republicp. 106
We May Wait a While: Britain Considers Intervention, 1862p. 122
The Wolf from Liverpool: British Roles in the Construction, Escape, and Operations of the Confederate Raider Alabamap. 142
No Obligation to Stop a Contraband Trade: British Arms and Supplies for the Confederacyp. 161
A Thing to be Deprecated: Britain Detains the Ironclad Rams, 1863p. 174
Questions of Great Intricacy and Importance: Lincoln Conciliates Britain, 1863p. 185
To Make Europeans Understand: Other European Reactions to the American Civil Warp. 197
Alone on the Earth: The Twilight of Confederate Diplomacy, 1863-1865p. 208
This Government Avoids Intervention: Union and Confederate Reactions to the French Invasion and Imperial Government in Mexico, 1862-1865p. 218
A War with America as Soon as She Makes Peace: Union Relations with Britain and Canada, 1864-1865p. 239
Government by the People Shall Not Perish: The International Lincolnp. 257
A Source of Apprehension and Danger: U.S. Pressures for French Withdrawal from Mexico, 1865-1867p. 269
The Massive Grievance: The "Alabama Claims" Against Britain, 1865-1872p. 286
Notesp. 301
Indexp. 333
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ISBN: 9781574883015
ISBN-10: 1574883011
Series: International Dimensions of the Anerican Civil War
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 1st November 2000
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52