The Cousins' Wars: Religion, Politics, and the Triumph of Anglo-America

The Cousins' Wars: Religion, Politics, and the Triumph of Anglo-America

The Cousins' Wars: Religion, Politics, and the Triumph of Anglo-America

The Cousins' Wars: Religion, Politics, and the Triumph of Anglo-America

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This is a book about a famous trio of English-speaking civil wars--the English Civil War, the American Revolution, and the American Civil War. It is also a book about religion-- about the interaction of creed, politics, and war during three centuries when faith played a much larger role than now.

But most of all, it is a book about how three great internal wars seeded each other and, in so doing, guided not only politics but the rise of Anglo-America from a small Tudor kingdom to a global community and world hegemony. The English Civil War laid the groundwork for the American Revolution and the political break- away of North America's English-speaking Low Church Protestants. This gave the English-speaking nations the dual framework so important to their long term future. The American Revolution, in turn, laid the groundwork for a new independent republic split by slavery and an American civil war in which cotton-starved Britain came close to pro-Southern intervention. The American Civil War, when it was over, reformed and framed modern Anglo- America--the principal English-speaking nations.

The emergence of England and then Great Britain during these three centuries was extraordinary. The same can be said of the formation and eventual ascendancy of the United States. What has been unique is the division of the English-speaking community into two major nations and successor great powers: one aristocratic, "chosen," and imperial; one democratic, "chosen," and manifest destiny-driven. Lacking equivalent sweep and strength, Spain, France, and then Germany failed in their successive political and military contests with Anglo-America.

This book's pursuit of Anglo-American evolution through the prism of wars, political constituencies, and electoral alignments . . .

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