David G. Surdam, Northern Naval Superiority and the Economics of the Civil War, 1st ed., Signed
Best Economic Study of the Blockade!
David G. Surdam’s Northern Naval Superiority and the Economics of the Civil War provides a much-needed, scholarly, analysis of the Union blockade of Southern Ports, written from the perspective of an economist.
Addressing a part of the Civil War that has long been a source of controversy among historians, Surdam offers an unconventional analysis in this study of the Union’s naval blockade. He questions common methods of evaluating the strength of the 3500-mile siege line, disputes widely held interpretations of its impact, and explores previously unexamined aspects of the blockade as he presents a case for the effectiveness of the Union naval effort.
Surdam seeks to explain the failure of the Confederacy to wage war and sustain independence despite an apparently sufficient supply of raw cotton to trade with Europe and Canada for war materiel and enough beef and corn to feed its troops. To do so he expands the traditional approach to the blockade, finding that a focus on the number of goods that slipped past Union ships overlooks two of the blockade’s most important achievements: Disrupting intra-regional trade and denying the Confederacy badly needed revenue from the export of raw cotton and other staple products.
As new; in dust jacket; signed.
Surdam, David G. NORTHERN NAVAL SUPERIORITY AND THE ECONOMICS OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR. (Columbia: 2001). 1st ed., 286p., illus., maps.
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