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"Wyatt-Brown and Wallenstein, as well as the contributors to this volume, deserve much praise, for they did their work well and have produced an impressive book that covers a wide range of topics related to the social and cultural history of the Civil War era.... [F]or those looking for a book that will help them better understand the world beyond the battlefield, this exceptional volume of essays is highly recommended."

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About the Author

Peter Wallenstein teaches history at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and is the author of Cradle of America: Four Centuries of Virginia History. Bertram Wyatt-Brown is Richard J. Milbauer Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of Florida and is currently a visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of The Shaping of Southern Culture: Honor, Grace, and War, 1760s–1880s.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press; First Paperback Edition edition (February 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813928281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813928289
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,794,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wayne Hsieh immigrated to the United States as an infant from Taiwan and grew up in Alhambra--a suburb of Los Angeles with a large overseas Chinese population. He received an excellent public high school education at Alhambra High School, and went on to Yale University, where he received a B.A. in History (2000). He wrote a senior essay on Lincoln and religion under the direction of David Brion Davis. He attended the University of Virginia for his graduate work, where he received a PhD in History (2004) and worked under the direction of Gary W. Gallagher and Edward L. Ayers--the latter is now President of the University of Richmond.

Hsieh spent the 2004/5 academic year as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale's Whitney Humanities Center, where he also taught half time in Yale's Directed Studies curriculum--a freshman Great Books program of which Hsieh is himself a proud alumnus. In August 2005 he joined the U.S. Naval Academy History Department, where he remains an assistant professor.

Between July 2008 and June 2009, Hsieh was on interagency detail with the U.S. State Department in Iraq, where he served as the Tuz Satellite Lead for the Salah ad Din Provincial Reconstruction Team. The most important of his duties centered on facilitating ethnic and political reconciliation in the Tuz district (approximately 150,000 inhabitants). He received a Commander's Award for Civilian Service from 3 BSTB (Department of the Army), and a Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. Department of State (Embassy Baghdad).

Hsieh has a diverse number of interests in military history, although he remains a nineteenth-century Americanist by trade and training. He also, on occasion, wistfully regrets not pursuing to a greater degree his earlier interests in intellectual history, which led to such doomed pursuits as attempting to learn Ancient Greek. Speaking of doomed pursuits, he expends vast quantities of time and energy on following the Los Angeles Dodgers, despite the probable prospect of disappointment most every year. Yet he begins the grim process again every spring, in a testament to the triumph of faith over reason.

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By Nathan Woolsey on April 28, 2014
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A very fine work. The scholarship is first rate in every way. I enjoyed it very much, and recommend it particularly for the social historians.
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