Great Britain and the Confederate Navy, 1861-1865

Great Britain and the Confederate Navy, 1861-1865

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A masterful account of Confederate naval strategy and personnel... [and] the response of Britain to the efforts of the Confederacy to acquire a navy in Britain and thus traverse Britain's neutral obligations." -American Historical Review

This book, originally issued in 1970, describes the frustrated, faltering, and sometimes heroic attempts of the Confederacy to circumvent British neutrality and build a navy in Great Britain during the American Civil War. The story possesses many of the elements of good fiction: there are the sharply rendered principal actors; the suspense and narrative excitement of the adventures of the Southern raiders; and the cunning appraisals of diplomatic intrigues, maneuverings, and oversights. This is a readable and illuminating account of the diplomatic maneuverings behind the Confederacy's failed attempt to enlist British aid for the secessionist cause.
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  • Paperback | 372 pages
  • 152 x 222 x 26mm | 498.96g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 19 b&w photos
  • 0253217350
  • 9780253217356
  • 2,128,350

Table of contents

List of Illustrations 000
Foreword by Howard Jones 000
Preface 000
Acknowledgments 000

Problems and Plans 3
Britain's Dilemma 19
Cruisers: Part One 48
Two Cruisers, Two Captains 74
Diplomatic Interlude 100
Cruisers: Part Two 117
Scottish Sea Monster 134
A Curious Case 161
Laird Rams: Part One 178
Laird Rams: Part Two 195
Study in Contrasts 218
Blockade Runners235
Conclusion 250

Bibliographical Essay 261
Notes 287
Index 335
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"A masterful account..." -American Historical Review
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