Civil War

The Civil War as International and Revolutionary Conflict

At the final Book Chat of the 2019-2020 academic year, Gregory Downs, Professor of History at UC Davis, discussed his recent book, The Second American Revolution: The Civil War-Era Struggle over Cuba and the Rebirth of the American Republic (University of North Carolina Press, 2019). The Book Chat focused on two main themes herein: that the Civil War was not solely a war, but a revolution; and that the conflict was not merely domestic but part of an international crisis.