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by Charles P. Roland

An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War download ebook
ISBN:
0813117372
ISBN13:
978-0813117379
Author:
Charles P. Roland
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky; Book Club Edition edition (November 1990)
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289 pages
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1432 kb
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4.9

I've read several books on the American Civil War and this is the best so far. The other books are very good, factual, well written, thorough, good history books.

I've read several books on the American Civil War and this is the best so far. This book brings to life the story of the war and the soldiers who fought in it. The author is more a compiler of other men's stories. He writes very little, only enough to introduce the next narrative, not enough to detract from the flow, and lets the men tell their own stories.

An American Iliad book. This is the story of the war with the emphasis on the military action, that element which distinguishes war from all other human activities.

Of prime interest are the contrasts he draws between the opposing presidents and generals.

Civil War. Roland was a Captain in the United States Army and a World War II veteran. He has served as the elected president of the Southern Historical Association and contributed to several other historical societies. He turned 100 in April 2018.

1976), and An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War (1991). The final section brings together RolandÕs writings on the evolution of southern history and identity, outlining his views on the persistence of a distinct southern culture and his belief in its durability. In addition, he has garnered acclaim for two biographical studies of Civil War leaders: Albert Sidney Johnston (1964), a life of the top field general in the Confederate army, and Reflections on Lee (1995), a revisionist assessment of a great but frequently misunderstood general. History Teaches Us to Hope is essential reading for those who desire a complete understanding of the Civil War and southern history.

The American Civil War was perhaps the most monumental event in United States history. Like the tragic Greco-Trojan story of ancient times, it was an epic struggle between two great societies-an American "Iliad," writes the author, involving heroism, sacrifice, and suffering. An American Iliad is a somewhat brief, yet concise, narrative history of the American Civil War.

Charles Pierce Roland, one of the nation's most distinguished and . 1976), and An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War (1991).

Charles Pierce Roland, one of the nation's most distinguished and respected historians, has done exactly that, devoting his career to examining the South's tumultuous path in the years preceding and following the Civil Wa. Civil War-related writings appear in the following two sections, which include Roland's theories on the true causes of the war and four previously unpublished articles on Civil War leadership. The final section brings together Roland's writings on the evolution of southern history and identity, outlining his views on the persistence of a distinct southern culture and his belief in its durability.

Roland's book is the starting point for a serious student to begin his study of the Civil Wa.

By (author) Charles Pierce Roland. Of prime interest are the contrasts he draws between the opposing presidents and generals. Roland's book is the starting point for a serious student to begin his study of the Civil Wa.

An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil Wa. The book is very well indexed and includes an extensive and annotated bibliography

An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War. By Charles P. Roland. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1991. Pp. xii, 289. Maps, illustrations, sources, index. Though Roland’s treatment of the Civil War period is comprehensive, his handling of military matters may be the strongest feature of the book. His evaluation of leadership and discussion of battles are gratifyingly clear. The book is very well indexed and includes an extensive and annotated bibliography. In the latter it might have been useful to have captioned the entries in bold type at the head of each topic, but this is of minor importance.

Roland, Charles Pierce, 1918-. Books for People with Print Disabilities. American Civil War (1861-1865), Amerikaanse burgeroorlog, Sezessionskrieg 1861-1865, Sezessionskrieg (1861-1865), United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865, United States, United States History Civil War, 1861-1865. Lexington, KY : University Press of Kentucky. inlibrary; printdisabled;. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by station45. cebu on December 11, 2019. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata).

This concise yet comprehensive narrative history of the War places the main emphasis on military action, weaving into its narrative accounts of the major political, economic, social and cultural developments of the epoch. The work offers biographical and character sketches of the leading figures of the war, stressing contrasts between Lincoln and Davis, Grant and Lee, Sherman and Jackson; coverage of the civilian side - showing how the social and cultural resources of the North and South were mobilised to support the war; and coverage of the suffering and struggles of the former slaves in the vicissitudes of early emancipation, including full discussion of emancipation measure by Lincoln administration. A contrast of social, economic and cultural developments and effects of the war on both Northern and Southern women and blacks is provided, and the diplomatic contest for the support or neutrality of the major European powers, including the failure of the Confederacy's "King Cotton Diplomacy", is also covered.
Reviews:
  • Leniga
Delivery was actually a day before anticipated. The price was right and I started reading the material and of course I'm more than happy with that too.
  • Wnex
This is not the book that I thought I ordered. There is another of exactly the same title which contains eye witness accounts of Civil War battles. The book I received appears to be a good account of the Civil War with interesting maps and photos.
  • Rigiot
Great condition
  • Kanek
The order came in on time, which I was very glad about. The class it's for is one of my more liked classes this semester.
  • Mr.Twister
Charles P. Roland in 263 pages of text gives the best overview of the American Civil War I have ever seen. Roland, in my opinion, gives the most unbiased, objective and comprehensive view of the Civil War including its origins. In "An American Iliad," he gives the major positions of the North and South on all important issues leading up to the war without being an advocate or judge.

His book is not "primarily an analytical study" but rather "a synthesis of the major writings on the war" (Preface xi). One quibble I had was his reliance on Clausewitz over Jomini, the latter being a greater influence on the war's strategy and tactics. I appreciated the academic format of the book, published by The University Press of Kentucky, which had, for me, required hallmarks including a preface, table of contents, maps and photographs, a bibliographic essay and an index. The absence of footnotes or endnotes was understandable due to the length of the book and its overview perspective, but I would have preferred being able to review his sources to enhance my understanding or for further research.

Roland's view is that the final impasse which the North and South came to in 1860 grew out of "political, economic, cultural, and social differences... [reaching] back to the very origin of the nation and beyond" (1). He does state, however, that slavery was the chief contributing factor to all these sources of tension which finally brought on war. He presents well the two, and sometimes more, sides of various arguments but concentrates on the political ones. He discusses not only the main stream ideas of the opponents but also the extremes of both sides such as the four attitudes the Senate had on the spread of slavery in the Mexican cession. Roland discusses the various machinations the politicians then went through to eventually produce the Compromise of 1850, the penultimate compromise.

My final example of his fairness is his discussion of President Buchanan's actions in 1860 giving reasons that his equivocating was not necessarily a bad thing if he was, in fact, trying to limit the damage secession of the lower South could cause. I do detect Roland's belief that war was inevitable although he never expressly said that. It may be that a logical and coherent presentation of all the actions leading to the war made it seem inevitable--a penalty of hindsight. I could find no evidence of sectional biases in his book.
  • Uthergo
I've read several books on the American Civil War and this is the best so far. The other books are very good, factual, well written, thorough, good history books. This book brings to life the story of the war and the soldiers who fought in it. The author is more a compiler of other men's stories. He writes very little, only enough to introduce the next narrative, not enough to detract from the flow, and lets the men tell their own stories. Presidents, generals, officers, enlisted, newspapermen, politicians, and official records and letters, all of their accounts bring this story home. The book is organized chronologically so we follow the war from beginning to end, from battle to battle, from march to bivouac. The stories are spread evenly between the Union and the South. Fascinating read.