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France's involvement in the American Civil War was critical to its unfolding, but the details of the European power's role remain little understood. Here, Steve Sainlaude offers the first comprehensive history of French diplomatic engagement with the Union and the Confederate States of America during the conflict. Drawing on archival sources that have been neglected by scholars up to this point, Sainlaude overturns many commonly held assumptions about French relations with the Union and the Confederacy. As Sainlaude demonstrates, no major European power had a deeper stake in the outcome of the conflict than France.

Reaching beyond the standard narratives of this history, Sainlaude delves deeply into questions of geopolitical strategy and diplomacy during this critical period in world affairs. The resulting study will help shift the way Americans look at the Civil War and extend their understanding of the conflict in global context.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. PART I: The French Position
  1. Chapter 1: The Implementation of Neutrality
  2. pp. 13-27
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  1. Chapter 2: The Emperor Gets Involved in the War
  2. pp. 28-59
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  1. Chapter 3: The Entente Cordiale and American Policy
  2. pp. 60-76
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  1. PART II: France’s View of the South
  1. Chapter 4: Myth and Reality
  2. pp. 79-98
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  1. Chapter 5: The Weight of the “Peculiar Institution” in Diplomatic Relations
  2. pp. 99-109
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  1. Chapter 6: Napoléon III’s “Grand Design” and the Confederacy
  2. pp. 110-126
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  1. PART III: The Future Lies in Union
  1. Chapter 7: The Future of the Disunited States
  2. pp. 129-139
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  1. Chapter 8: The South, a Trade Partner?
  2. pp. 140-158
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  1. Chapter 9: The Imbalance of Power
  2. pp. 159-183
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 184-190
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 191-192
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  1. Chronology, 1848–1870
  2. pp. 193-206
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 207-256
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 257-276
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469649962
Related ISBN
9781469649948
MARC Record
OCLC
1084655204
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2019-02-12
Language
English
Open Access
No
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