the micro level, where a private stole from a farmer, the Civil War was a regional struggle for American resources. On the macro level, where huge sums of foreign money and materials fed the war efforts of both sides, the Civil War was an Atlantic struggle for global resources. When the material turn intersects with the transnational trend in Civil War scholarship, that history will be told. Jason Phillips jason phillips, the Eberly Family Professor of Civil War Studies at West Virginia University, is the author of Looming Civil War: How Nineteenth-Century Americans Imagined the Future (Oxford University Press, 2018). War Matters: Material Culture in the Civil War Era. Edited by Joan E. Cashin. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018. Pp. 280. Cloth, $90.00; paper, $29.95.) Relics and ragged haversacks, bullet-riddled books, bowie knives and bodily fluids, even the rocks and water of the battlefield itself might seem to be the leftover detritus of war, stuff that could easily be lost on the tides of history. But in the hands of the twelve authors brought together here by Joan Cashin, such flotsam is transformed into archival treasure, showing us how Americans engaged with, endured, and survived the
The Journal of the Civil War Era – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Dec 5, 2019
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