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- DescriptionThe American Civil War is often seen as the first modern war, t least because of its immense suffering. Yet unlike later conflicts, it did t produce an outpouring of disillusionment or cynicism, as most people continued to portray the war in highly sentimental and patriotic terms. While scholars typically dismiss this everyday writing as simplistic or naive, Frances M. Clarke argues that we need to reconsider the letters, diaries, songs, and journalism penned by Union soldiers and their caregivers to fully understand the war's impact and meaning. In War Stories , Clarke revisits the most common stories that average Northerners told in hopes of redeeming their suffering and loss - stories that enabled people to make sense of their hardship, and to express their beliefs about religion, community, and personal character. From tales of Union soldiers who died heroically to stories of tireless volunteers who exemplified the Republic's virtues, War Stories sheds new light on this transitional moment in the history of war, emotional culture, and American civic life.
- Author BiographyFrances M. Clarke is a senior lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Sydney.
- Author(s)Frances M. Clarke
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication19/08/2011
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Note7 halftones
- Weight522 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
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