Lec 18 - War So Terrible: Why the Union Won and the Confederacy Lost at Home and Abroad The Civil War and Reconstruction (HIST 119) This lecture probes the reasons for confederate defeat and union victory. Professor Blight begins with an elucidation of the loss of will thesis, which suggests that it was a lack of conviction on the home front that assured confederate defeat, before offering another of other popular explanations for northern victory: industrial capacity, political leadership, military leadership, international diplomacy, a pre-existing political culture, and emancipation. Blight warns, however, that we cannot forget the battlefield, and, to this end, concludes his lecture with a discussion of the decisive Union victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg in July of 1863. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction 08:10 - Chapter 2. Resources, Leadership, Diplomacy: Why The North Won 22:16 - Chapter 3. Frail Nationalism? The Loss-of-Will Theory on Why the South Lost 30:42 - Chapter 4. The Bloody Battle of Gettysburg 44:41 - Chapter 5. Union Victory at Vicksburg and Conclusion Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Spring 2008.
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