A More Civil War: How the Union Waged a Just War - Civil War America (Hardback)
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A More Civil War: How the Union Waged a Just War - Civil War America (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 30/09/2016
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During the Civil War, Americans confronted profound moral problemsabout how to fight in the conflict. In this innovative book, D. H. Dilbeckreveals how the Union sought to wage a just war against the Confederacy. Heshows that northerners fought according to a distinct "moral vision of war,"an array of ideas about the nature of a truly just and humane military effort.Dilbeck tells how Union commanders crafted rules of conduct to ensuretheir soldiers defeated the Confederacy as swiftly as possible while also limitingthe total destruction unleashed by the fighting. Dilbeck explores howUnion soldiers abided by official just-war policies as they battled guerrillas,occupied cities, retaliated against enemy soldiers, and came into contact withConfederate civilians.

In contrast to recent scholarship focused solely on the Civil War'scarnage, Dilbeck details how the Union sought both to deal sternly withConfederates and to adhere to certain constraints. The Union's earnest effortto wage a just war ultimately helped give the Civil War its distinct

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469630519
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Valuable insight into the war that marks an embrace of modern warfare and abandonment of traditional just war ideals. Highly recommended.--Choice


Concisely analyzes both the legal underpinning of the evolving rules of war and how they were applied in the field.--Civil War Times


Well organized and deeply researched, with ample notes and an impressive bibliography. . . . It breaks new ground.--Civil War News


Addresses important issues and provides insight into the difficult and complex questions confronting the North during this great and devastating conflict.--New England Quarterly

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