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American Civil Wars
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American Civil Wars takes readers beyond the battlefields and sectional divides of the U.S. Civil War to view the conflict from outside the national arena of the United States. Contributors position the American conflict squarely in the context of a wider transnational crisis across the Atlantic world, marked by a multitude of civil wars, European invasions and occupations, revolutionary independence movements, and slave uprisings—all taking place in the tumultuous decade of the 1860s. The multiple conflicts described in these essays illustrate how the United States' sectional strife was caught up in a larger, complex struggle in which nations and empires on both sides of the Atlantic vied for the control of the future. These struggles were all part of a vast web, connecting not just Washington and Richmond but also Mexico City, Havana, Santo Domingo, and Rio de Janeiro and--on the other side of the Atlantic--London, Paris, Madrid, and Rome. This volume breaks new ground by charting a hemispheric upheaval and expanding Civil War scholarship into the realms of transnational and imperial history. American Civil Wars creates new connections between the uprisings and civil wars in and outside of American borders and places the United States within a global context of other nations.

Contributors:
Matt D. Childs, University of South Carolina
Anne Eller, Yale University
Richard Huzzey, University of Liverpool
Howard Jones, University of Alabama
Patrick J. Kelly, University of Texas at San Antonio
Rafael de Bivar Marquese, University of Sao Paulo
Erika Pani, College of Mexico
Hilda Sabato, University of Buenos Aires
Steve Sainlaude, University of Paris IV Sorbonne
Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, Tufts University
Jay Sexton, University of Oxford

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: The Atlantic World and the Crisis of the 1860s
  2. Don H. Doyle
  3. pp. 13-26
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  1. Chapter One. The Civil War and U.S. World Power
  2. Jay Sexton
  3. pp. 27-45
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  1. Chapter Two. Wrapping the World in Fire: The Interventionist Crisis in the Civil War
  2. Howard Jones
  3. pp. 46-69
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  1. Chapter Three. The Cat’s-Paw: Confederate Ambitions in Latin America
  2. Patrick J. Kelly
  3. pp. 70-93
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  1. Chapter Four. Manifest Dominion: The British Empire and the Crises of the Americas in the 1860s
  2. Richard Huzzey
  3. pp. 94-118
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  1. Chapter Five. France’s Grand Design and the Confederacy
  2. Stève Sainlaude
  3. pp. 119-136
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  1. Chapter Six. From Aggression to Crisis: The Spanish Empire in the 1860s
  2. Christopher Schmidt-Nowara
  3. pp. 137-158
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  1. Chapter Seven. Dominican Civil War, Slavery, and Spanish Annexation, 1844–1865
  2. Anne Eller
  3. pp. 159-178
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  1. Chapter Eight. Juárez vs. Maximiliano: Mexico’s Experiment with Monarchy
  2. Erika Pani
  3. pp. 179-196
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  1. Chapter Nine. Arms and Republican Politics in Spanish America: The Critical 1860s
  2. Hilda Sabato
  3. pp. 197-215
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  1. Chapter Ten. Cuba, the Atlantic Crisis of the 1860s, and the Road to Abolition
  2. Matt D. Childs
  3. pp. 216-233
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  1. Chapter Eleven. The Civil War in the United States and the Crisis of Slavery in Brazil
  2. Rafael Marquese
  3. pp. 234-258
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 259-260
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 261-272
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