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Among the Graves

Thomas Laqueur: Naming the Dead, 18 December 2008

The Civil War and the Limits of Destruction 
by Mark Neely.
Harvard, 277 pp., £20.95, November 2007, 978 0 674 02658 2
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This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War 
by Drew GilpinFaust.
Knopf, 346 pp., $27.95, January 2008, 978 0 375 40404 7
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... or were shot in cold blood. The economy of the South was ruined. ‘The American Civil War,’ Drew Faust writes in This Republic of Suffering, ‘produced carnage that has often been thought reserved for the combination of technological proficiency and inhumanity characteristic of a later time.’ This would seem fairly uncontroversial. Mark Neely ...

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