Civil War Time: Temporality and Identity in America, 1861-1865 (Hardback)Cheryl A. Wells (author)
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Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 235 x 161 x 20 mm
Contributes to long-standing historiographical debates. Wells displays a keen mastery of the disparate secondary literature and of the primary source material that serves as the core of this study. This book should appeal to scholars in a number of specialties, including social and military history of the Civil War, and cultural history of nineteenth-century America.--Sarah Gardner "Mercer University "
By defining battle time as a temporality that eroded the authority of God, nature, and the clock itself, Wells has written a book about the Civil War in which multiple and conflicting American timekeeping practices played crucial roles on and off the battlefield. By looking at various spaces--encampments, hospitals, homes, prisons, and battlefields--Wells depicts a war that in its battle-induced chaos put modernity on notice. While battle time ultimately only interrupted, rather than disrupted, the modernizing process initiated during the antebellum period, the interlude is worthy of the painstaking attention. Indeed, Wells's outstanding archival research into an until now neglected topic--timekeeping during the Civil War--distinguishes Civil War Time.--Alexis McCrossen "author of Holy Day, Holiday: The American Sunday "
A fascinating study brings to light much about American history, society, and culture since the Civil War.--Midwest Book Review
This richly researched and well-written study adds to the historiography of 'time scholars' and further develops arguments by previous historians dedicated to symbols of modern societies. . . . Wells has put together an important work that investigates battle time and its subsequent aftermath.--Civil War History
Wells has written a commendably short book--sweeping yet succinct, conceptual yet empirical, dense yet readable--on the unexpected but intriguing subject of time consciousness during the Civil War. . . . Civil War Time is a fine addition to the archival study of sensory experience.--Journal of Southern History
[Civil War Time] turns up a lot of fascinating facts . . . the details are absorbing--Studies in American Culture
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