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Encyclopedia of the American Civil War [5 volumes]

This is a comprehensive reference set on this pivotal confrontation. Its five volumes offer more than 1600 authoritative entries that chart the war's strategic aims, analyze diplomatic and political maneouvring, describe key military actions, sketch important participants, assess developments in military science, and discuss the social and financial impact of the conflict. The essays are both authoritative and easily accessible to history buffs, students and general readers. Brief entry bibliographies lead readers to the most reliable sources for further information.
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The bloodiest armed conflict ever fought on our soil, the Civil War had profound consequences for American society. It left a scar on the nation's psyche that has not yet completely healed. Politics, race relations, religion, literature, popular culture-no aspect of America has been unaffected by the Civil War.

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David S. Heidler, PhD, is an independent scholar. Jeanne T. Heidler is professor of American history at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.


"Encyclopedia of the American Civil War is outstanding, and every serious Civil War historian will want access to it... Historians of the Civil War era owe a debt of gratitude to everyone connected with this ambitiously conceived, wonderfully realized, new resource." - The Journal of Military History "This encyclopedia is superb-an outstanding and comprehensive work which renders all similar works redundant." - North & South "No other reference work compares with the range of this enterprise in canvassing the war. Every academic and major public library will need these volumes." - Library Journal, Starred Review "Encyclopedia of the American Civil War is the most comprehensive reference work written about its topic, providing both the novice and the expert an opportunity to expand their knowledge of this vital aspect of U.S. history. Recommended for high school, public, and academic libraries." - Booklist, Starred Review "Highly recommended for undergraduates, and useful for graduate students and researchers/faculty." - Choice "The entries reflect recent advances in scholarship and interpretation, and the editorial perspective throughout is evenhanded. As purely a reference work, the encyclopedia admirably fulfills its duty of facilitating further research on the Civil War [and] all those who purchase and use the encyclopedia are almost certain to be pleased and impressed. The five volume set demonstrates how valuable reference tools of this kind can be." - Civil War Book Review "Despite a tremendous popular interest in the Civil War, scholars have lacked a major reference work that dealt with all aspects of the tragic era until now... The most comprehensive and up-to-date encyclopedia available on the Civil War. This outstanding contribution to reference publishing will be in demand in a wide variety of libraries." - Lawrence Looks at Books "History buffs as well as those who simply need facts on the Civil War era will be delighted with this outstanding reference work... An excellent addition for the collection supporting a strong history curriculum. Highly recommended." - The Book Report "An altogether excellent resource for research or general browsing interest." - School Library Journal "This impressive new encyclopedia should become a standard source for students, specialists, and others in the general pubic who either specialize in or are simply fascinated by the American Civil War... As a Civil War historian, this reviewer is both impressed and pleased with this new work... This is an important work that is highly recommended for any and all libraries and individuals with an interest in the American Civil War." - American Reference Books Annual

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