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The Civil War and the Wars of the Nineteenth Century (Smithsonian History of Warfare) Paperback – January 31, 2006


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  • Series: Smithsonian History of Warfare
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (January 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060851201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060851200
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,125,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Holden Reid is a professor of American history and military instruction at King's College in London and the author of several books, including Robert E. Lee: Icon of a Nation and The American Civil War: Exploration and Reconsiderations. He lives in London.


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MarkK VINE VOICE on September 23, 2007
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Brian Holden Reid's goal in this book, as he states in the introduction, is to place the Civil War in context with two other major conflicts of the mid-19th century, the Crimean War and the wars of German unification. Contrary to many traditional accounts of the warfare of the era, he sees the three as reflecting the evolution of large-scale industrialized warfare during those decades, with the different struggles nevertheless demonstrating commonalities in the impact of new technologies and the changing scale of war.

This is evident beginning with the Crimean War. Fought in the shadow of the Napoleonic wars (the British commander had been Wellington's secretary), Reid nonetheless demonstrates, in a very British-centric account, that the expedition to the Crimea would have been impossible without the steam-powered ships which sustained the forces. Yet while he challenges the notion of the British military as being "a museum piece", he does note that the reforms introduced hardly addressed the challenges of the new warfare that commanders like Lord Raglan faced.

Similar limitations emerged at the command level during the Civil War. Reid's analysis of the conflict dominates the book, taking up three of its five chapters. His analysis if primarily operational and strategic, and it reveals how unready - and in many cases, unadaptable - commanders on both sides were to the new scale of warfare. Grant emerges as the dominant commander, Reid argues, not because of his ability as a field commander (which he sees as inferior to Lee's), but because of his grasp of "what was important in the higher level of the conduct of war.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By teachermom on January 2, 2009
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I started reading this book on a trip to the Shiloh (TN) battlefield without knowing anything about the author (there is no biographical information on the author given). Not far into it, I realized I was reading a Brit's view of the Civil War. I have read many books on the Civil War and appreciated this one, not for any new information or understanding of this war, but for its foreign perspective.
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