Great Britain and the Confederate Navy, 1861-1865
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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 ReviewThis 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.show more

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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
  • 2,001,191

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Table of contents

CONTENTSList of Illustrations 000Foreword by Howard Jones 000Preface 000Acknowledgments 000OneProblems and Plans 3TwoBritain's Dilemma 19ThreeCruisers: Part One 48FourTwo Cruisers, Two Captains 74FiveDiplomatic Interlude 100SixCruisers: Part Two 117SevenScottish Sea Monster 134EightA Curious Case 161NineLaird Rams: Part One 178TenLaird Rams: Part Two 195ElevenStudy in Contrasts 218TwelveBlockade Runners235ThirteenConclusion 250Bibliographical Essay 261Notes 287Index 335show more

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