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Louisiana State University Press


In recent years Civil historians have been engaged in some soul-searching as to the direction and indeed content of their studies. Old patterns of thought have been discarded and new ones have been adopted; but to what effect, indeed to what end? To some degree such questions have been prompted by the very success and expansion of military history in general since the 1950s, the growth in the number of its practitioners and the sheer variety of programmes available for the interested student. Yet success has come at a price and led to some self-doubt. And within the United States, criticism of American military adventures abroad since 2003 has reflected adversely on the field, as military history hardly lacks connection to the US agencies of government. The editors of this volume, both younger scholars and assistant professors at Lee and Mississippi State Universities, have put together a volume to assess the nature of the latest research on the Civil War.