CIVIL WAR LECTURE 5

CIVIL WAR LECTURE 5 - QUEST FOR EUROPEAN RECOGNITION-Only...

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Unformatted text preview: QUEST FOR EUROPEAN RECOGNITION-Only three countries mattered: Great Britain, France, and Russia. -Russia remained solidly pro-Union throughout the war. -France leaned toward recognizing the Confederacy but would not act alone. -Great Britain was the biggest prize because they could lean one way or the other depending on events and they had the best navy.-In 1861, the Confederacy tried to force recognition by initiating a cotton embargo. -Confederates believed if they withheld cotton, European economies would collapse and they would be forced to recognize the Confederacy. -Confederate government never sanctioned it but it was so popular the embargo enforced itself.-Britain was incensed the Confederacy resorted to economic blackmail. -Prime Minister Palmerston wanted to stay neutral and knew that Britain depended on northern corn as much as southern cotton....
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2010 for the course HIST 3065 taught by Professor Jamesrobertson during the Spring '08 term at Virginia Tech.

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