Lecture Description

Karl Marx and Frederick Engels agreed that the American Civil War was the most important event of the nineteenth century, and they wrote extensively about the American Conflict. Through thousands of German exiles who fought in the Union ranks, they remained distant participants in what they saw as a great labor struggle — a war against slavery. This lecture reveals how they understood the Civil War, how the Civil War shaped their own political theories, and suggests that US history can be placed in a much broader international and intellectual context than is often supposed to be the case.


Civil War and Reconstruction Theory and Methodology

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