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War Stuff

War Stuff
The Struggle for Human and Environmental Resources in the American Civil War

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Part of Cambridge Studies on the American South

  • Publication planned for: August 2018
  • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2018
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108420167

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  • In this path-breaking work on the American Civil War, Joan E. Cashin explores the struggle between armies and civilians over the human and material resources necessary to wage war. This war 'stuff' included the skills of white Southern civilians, as well as such material resources as food, timber, and housing. At first, civilians were willing to help Confederate or Union forces, but the war took such a toll that all civilians, regardless of politics, began focusing on their own survival. Both armies took whatever they needed from human beings and the material world, which eventually destroyed the region's ability to wage war. In this fierce contest between civilians and armies, the civilian population lost. Cashin draws on a wide range of documents, as well as the perspectives of environmental history and material culture studies. This book provides an entirely new perspective on the war era.

    • Discusses the conduct of both Union and Confederate soldiers towards civilians in the South
    • Will appeal to political historians and readers who are interested in wartime divisions inside the white Southern population
    • Considers gender dynamics in the interactions between soldiers and female civilians
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: August 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108420167
    • length: 270 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 157 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 24 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2018
  • Table of Contents

    1. Old South
    2. People
    3. Sustenance
    4. Timber
    5. Habitat
    6. Breakdown
    7. 1865 and after.

  • Author

    Joan E. Cashin, Ohio State University
    Joan E. Cashin is a Professor of History at Ohio State University. An award-winning scholar of nineteenth-century American history, she is the author or editor of five books, including First Lady of the Confederacy: Varina Davis's Civil War (2009).

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