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Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War by Elizabeth R. Varon (review)

Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War by Elizabeth R. Varon (review) The publication of France and the American Civil War in English is a model collaboration that included scholars and publishers on both sides of the Atlantic. The U.S. historian Don Doyle played a key role in bringing Sainlaude’s important scholarship to a U.S. audience. Sainlaude’s writing is lucidly translated in English by Jessica Edwards, and the book itself is printed in a handsome edition by the University of North Carolina Press under the direction of Mark Simpson-Vos. My only hope is for a second vol- ume that focuses more on the relationship between Paris and Washington. Nonetheless, Sainlaude’s impressive scholarship will challenge diplomatic historians to rethink the scholarly consensus concerning France’s role in our nation’s bloodiest conflict. Patrick J. Kelly patrick j. kelly teaches history at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War. By Elizabeth R. Varon. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019. Pp. 528. Cloth, $34.95.) Even as we historians strive to complicate traditional narratives, we thrive on binaries. Was the nineteenth-century South defined more by change or by continuity? Was Reconstruction a tragedy because of the limited vision of white northerners or because of their boldness? One http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War by Elizabeth R. Varon (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 10 (2) – Jun 1, 2020

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Abstract

The publication of France and the American Civil War in English is a model collaboration that included scholars and publishers on both sides of the Atlantic. The U.S. historian Don Doyle played a key role in bringing Sainlaude’s important scholarship to a U.S. audience. Sainlaude’s writing is lucidly translated in English by Jessica Edwards, and the book itself is printed in a handsome edition by the University of North Carolina Press under the direction of Mark Simpson-Vos. My only hope is for a second vol- ume that focuses more on the relationship between Paris and Washington. Nonetheless, Sainlaude’s impressive scholarship will challenge diplomatic historians to rethink the scholarly consensus concerning France’s role in our nation’s bloodiest conflict. Patrick J. Kelly patrick j. kelly teaches history at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War. By Elizabeth R. Varon. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019. Pp. 528. Cloth, $34.95.) Even as we historians strive to complicate traditional narratives, we thrive on binaries. Was the nineteenth-century South defined more by change or by continuity? Was Reconstruction a tragedy because of the limited vision of white northerners or because of their boldness? One

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jun 1, 2020

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