What explains why and how America fought the civil war? This thesis argues that industrial modernization can be a useful analytical tool for understanding the causes of the American Civil War. The argument is developed by analyzing the social, political, and military events of the era through the lens of industrialization. This study will show that the American Industrial Revolution lay at the core of the social, political, and military events that shaped this great conflict. Understanding the causes of human events is as critical as understanding their effects. By grasping the root causes of the war, we can better understand how and why it was fought. This analysis of American society, American politics, and the country's military establishment will provide the rich context needed to apprehend the reasons for the American Civil war beyond the dichotomy of slavery and economics.
|Commitee:||Doel, Ronald E., Piehler, Kurt G.|
|School:||The Florida State University|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||MAI 55/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||American history, Military history|
|Keywords:||Civil war, Industrialization, Modernization|
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