Union in Peril: The Crisis over British Intervention in the Civil War

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The fountains of discontent . . . are many.

-- William H. Seward, June 19, 1861


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British Neutrality and the Rules of Modern Civilized Warfare

The Palmerston ministry planned to stay out of the Civil War by maintaining neutrality and adhering to international law. Russell referred to the law of nations and relied on advice from the crown's law officers, making certain that England followed accepted rules of behavior in foreign affairs. At least four great legal theorists--Emmerich de Vattel, Henry Wheaton, John Austin, and Hugo Grotius--had earlier examined and expounded upon nearly every issue that troubled Anglo-American relations during the Civil War. Available to Russell were volumes of information pertaining to insurrections, rebellions, and civil wars; neutrality and the nature of belligerent status; intervention and

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Problems of Recognition 10
  • 2 - British Neutrality and the Rules of Modern Civilized Warfare 38
  • 3 - Bull Run and the Threat of Foreign Intervention 57
  • 4 - The Trent Affair and Recognition 80
  • 5 - Trials of British Neutrality 100
  • 6 - Seedtime of British Intervention 122
  • 7 - Emancipation by the Sword and the British Decision to Intervene 138
  • 8 - Antietam and the Move Toward Mediation 162
  • 9 - Prelude to Intervention 181
  • 10 - Denouement: The November Decision in London 198
  • Conclusion 224
  • Notes 231
  • Bibliography 275
  • Index 289
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