Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Industrial modernization and the American Civil War
by Gray, Corey Patrick, M.A., The Florida State University, 2015, 140; 1600045
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Creswell, Michael
Commitee: Doel, Ronald E., Piehler, Kurt G.
School: The Florida State University
Department: History
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: MAI 55/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American history, Military history
Keywords: Civil war, Industrialization, Modernization
Publication Number: 1600045
ISBN: 978-1-339-07701-7
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