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Yet More Gettysburg

[ 3 ] July 2, 2013 |

Two additional Gettysburg bits.  First, on this week’s Foreign Entanglements I talk with Kevin Levin of Civil War Memory about Gettysburg and historical memory:

Second, my contribution to the Diplomat this week involves some fun with comparative timelines:

Politics does not stop when war begins, even if war causes us to ignore everything else.  Even as the American Civil War drew the world’s attention, the nations of the Asia Pacific continued to pursue their interests, and sort through their problems. The Civil War had little direct impact on the Pacific; beyond some skirmishing and political machination at the beginning of the war, the only significant Pacific action came in the form of the CSS Shenandoah, a raider which captured 38 ships towards the end of the war. Nevertheless, the North American fratricide of July 1863 was matched by instability, revolution, and state collapse in Asia.


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  1. rea says:

    Also going on was the horrendously bloody war (1864-1870) between Paraguay on the one hand, and Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay on the other.

    By 1870, of course, the Franco-German War was taking place in Europe. A strange inseperable friendship developed at Prussian HQ between Bismarck, and the American observer, Phil Sheridan, who was at Bismarck’s side during the crucial moments of the war and its aftermath . . .

  2. JLK says:

    If memory serves, it was the Confederate steamer Alabama that sank the Alert, the merchant vessel which had plied the California cowhide trade prior to the Mexican-American war. Richard Henry Dana chronicled that trade in Two Years Before the Mast, a well-written memoir of the final days of merchant sail, set against a nearly unpopulated California coast prior to 1848.

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