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The calculus of violence : how Americans fought the Civil War / Aaron Sheehan-Dean.

Author/creator Sheehan-Dean, Aaron Charles author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2018.
Description465 pages ; 25 cm
Subject(s)
Contents Introduction: The puzzle of the Civil War -- Who can make war? -- The rising of the people -- Soldiers and civilians -- Kindling the fires of liberty -- Unnecessary violence -- Discipline, order, and justice -- Children of God -- The importance of states -- Conclusion: The double-edged sword.
Abstract Discarding tidy abstractions about the conduct of war, Aaron Sheehan-Dean shows that the notoriously bloody US Civil War could have been much worse. Despite agonizing debates over Just War and careful differentiation among victims, Americans could not avoid living with the contradictions inherent in a conflict that was both violent and restrained.-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Genre/formHistory.
LCCN 2018001864
ISBN9780674984226
ISBN0674984226

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