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The Union, the Confederacy, and the Atlantic Rim$
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Robert E. May

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049229

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049229.001.0001

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The Union, the Confederacy, and the Atlantic Rim

Robert E. May

University Press of Florida

This chapter provides an overview of Civil War diplomacy. It explains why European nations took such an interest in the war but decided on neutrality rather than recognition of the Confederacy and involvement in the fighting. It argues that Confederates took a highly flawed approach to foreign relations and that European reactions to the war were governed by a mix of geopolitical, economic, ideological, and cultural factors that worked to the Union's advantage.

Keywords:   Trent, Canada, Blockade, Recognition, Benjamin, Slavery, Privateers

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