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The Causes of the Civil War: Revised Edition (Touchstone) Paperback – January 15, 1992

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ISBN-13: 978-0671751555 ISBN-10: 0671751557 Edition: 3 Revised

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Product Details

  • Series: Touchstone
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 3 Revised edition (January 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671751557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671751555
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jim on October 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is concise, and gives the causes of the Civil War. Stampp is a very well respected and well informed. Stampp gives the reader a quick yet through breakdown of the causes of the Civil War. I used this book as a source in writing a paper on the Causes of the Civil War (undergrad) and it was very helpful. This is useful for those interested in American History.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Reader of History on August 10, 2008
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I'm sort of surprised at the first two reviews. The first gentleman refers to the book as "drivel," even though Stampp used mostly primary sources. The second reviewer falls victim to the Neo-Confederate idea that slavery had nothing to do with the American Civil War--while clumsily avoiding the incredible mountain of primary sources that prove slavery WAS an issue. Stampp's book is a cornerstone of Civil War Historiography, and any serious student of the American Civil War would do well to read this excellent book. Don't be put off by the fact that The Causes of the Civil War was originally a textbook--it is both readable, and a quick read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James J. Hesnan on January 13, 2009
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This book is a seminal work for any student of the Civil War. It gives the opinions of those that actually lived through it, opinions from before, during, and after the war. These opinions are conflicting of course. For me it was not the type of book you can just sit down and read but rather a book to browse from time to time. An absolutely fascinating book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cybi on April 25, 2012
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I rather enjoyed this resource about the Civil war and the era preceding and following. I found the use of articles, journal entries, letters, speeches and historic documents from multiple centuries rather valuable. To see how the perception of the Civil War has changed over the past 150 years is fascinating and watching the trend of history revisionism, conservatism, and liberalism that directly affects how we address history and teach history. I believe this book should be a staple in a Univeristy classroom that educates about this era. I say let the students see multiple sources and let them make their own conclusions on who is "guilty, innocent, and caught in the middle". Too often we are given one perspective on a very diverse and complicated event and we are supposed to accept a simple reason for it. There is much more to the politics and secession issues within the Confederacy and the Union. This book allows a student to see how both the North and South have their faults in this conflict.
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35 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Steve Quick on November 27, 1999
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some drivel, some repetitive and others stunning with fresh insight. Impossible to characterize as biased because of the variety of sources. What is called the "American Civil War" is a complex event which is difficult to untangle from all that preceded or followed it. The self-rightousness, aggrandizing commercial motives of the North were often masked as moral crusades and the theme emerged time and time again as I read. I would have to add this as a "must read" for anyone who is serious about scholarship of the period.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Stewart on February 28, 2013
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As a historian, finding quality primary sources can often be difficult. This book was perfect for my needs! Easy to read and very thorough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By asf on March 7, 2014
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This is a fine book, and easy to read. It allowed me to appreciate the many views of the War Between the States that circulated before, during and after the conflict. The tragedy of the war is not as simple as you were taught in school.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T R on June 1, 2013
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Very interesting and informative. Several interesting essays on the true causes of the Civil War. One might think after 150 years the causes would be engraved in granite but not so with the American Civil War.
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