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Probably the most dominant interpretation of the American Civil War cites slavery as the chief reason why North and South took up arms against each other. A more internationalist perspective, however, places our nation's most bloody conflict more squarely in a larger sphere of wars fought during an era when rapidly industrializing nations were consolidating their political authority. Certainly this was the case in the other great "political consolidation" movements of the mid-nineteenth century, most notably Germany and Italy. From a international perspective, then, it is at least possible to compare the American Civil War to other conflicts which occurred around the same time: The Danish War, The Austro-Prussian War, and the Wars of Italian Unification, for example. Read about these various wars of "national unification" and determined whether or not you feel the American Civil War was such a conflict. Musi Nde History 102 April 11 th , 2008 Influences of the American Civil War History taught in America has generally stressed the fact that the Civil War was a result of the North's antislavery movement to liberate the slaves of the South. Though slavery may have had a great impact on bring a great amount of support for the Northern cause, there may have been another primary driving force. The South feared the North's antislavery movement and Lincoln's election because of the fact that the North may stop the expansion of the South's slave territories or worse, bring an end to slavery altogether and dismantle the Southern way of life 2 . The American Civil War was not the only war going on and it was certainly not the only war that would lead to the unification of a nation. During the time of America's Civil War, a number of other countries were also in a rapid process of industrialization and unification. Empires such as Austria were beginning to establish themselves as great powers and were trying to unify the many nations into a single great unified power.
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The Austro-Prussian war, a war that would more correctly take the title of the Austro-Prussian-Italian war, due to Italy's attempt to take advantage of Austria's war with Prussia to seize provinces from the Hapsburg, also involved Italy. The eventual after
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course HIST 100 taught by Professor Mullen during the Spring '08 term at Emory.

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