The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War

The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War

Don H. Doyle


When Abraham Lincoln added the Gettysburg handle in 1863, he had broader goals than just rallying a war-weary state. Lincoln discovered that the Civil conflict had taken on a much broader significance—that all of Europe and Latin the US used to be staring at to determine no matter if the U.S., a beleaguered version of democracy, might certainly “perish from the earth.”

In The explanation for All Nations, unusual historian Don H. Doyle explains that the Civil struggle was once seen in a foreign country as a part of a far better fight for democracy that spanned the Atlantic Ocean, and had all started with the yank and French Revolutions. whereas battles raged at Bull Run, Antietam, and Gettysburg, a parallel contest happened overseas, either within the marbled courts of strength and within the public sq.. international observers held commonly divergent perspectives at the war—from radicals akin to Karl Marx and Giuseppe Garibaldi who known as at the North to struggle for liberty and equality, to aristocratic monarchists, who was hoping that the cave in of the Union may strike a loss of life blow opposed to democratic hobbies on either side of the Atlantic. Nowhere have been those monarchist desires extra ominous than in Mexico, the place Napoleon III sought to enforce his Grand layout for a Latin Catholic empire that will thwart the unfold of Anglo-Saxon democracy and use the Confederacy as a buffer state.

Hoping to capitalize on public sympathies out of the country, either the Union and the Confederacy despatched diplomats and distinctive brokers in another country: the South to hunt attractiveness and aid, and the North to maintain ecu powers from interfering. accomplice brokers appealed to these conservative parts who sought after the South to function a bulwark opposed to radical egalitarianism. Lincoln and his Union brokers out of the country discovered to entice many foreigners by means of embracing emancipation and casting the Union because the embattled defender of common republican beliefs, the “last top wish of earth.”

A daring account of the overseas dimensions of America’s defining clash, The reason for All Nations frames the Civil battle as a pivotal second in a world fight that may make a decision the survival of democracy.

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