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The Cousins' Wars

The question at the heart of The Cousins Wars is this: How did Anglo-America evolve over a mere three hundred years from a small Tudor kingdom into a global community with such a hegemonic grip on the world today, while no other European power - Spain, France, Germany, or Russia - did? The answer to this, according to Phillips, lies in a close examination of three internecine English-speaking civil warsthe English Civil War, the American Revolution, and the American Civil War. These wars between cousins functioned as crucial anvils on which various religious, ethnic, and political alliances were hammered out between the English-speaking cousin-nations, setting them on a unique two-track path toward world leadership - one aristocratic and aloof to dominate the imperial nineteenth century and the other more egalitarian and democratic to take over in the twentieth century. They also functioned as unfortunate and deadly cultural crucibles for African Americans, Native Americans, and the Irish. Phillipss analysis shows exactly how these conflicts are inextricably linked and how they seeded each other. He offers often surprising interpretations that cut across the political spectrum - for instance, that the Constitution of the United States, while brilliant in many respects, was also a fatally flawed political compromise that contributed mightily in setting the stage for the final - and the bloodiest - cousins war: the American Civil War. With the new millennium upon us and triggering widespread assessment of our nations place in world history, The Cousins Wars provides just the kind of magisterial sweep and revisionist spark to ignite widespread interest and debate. This grand religious, military, and political epic is the multi-dimensional story of the triumph of Anglo-America.
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The Beginnings of Anglo-American and the Setting of the First Cousins War * The Protestant Background of Anglo-American Expansion and the Cousins Wars The Early Cousins Wars * Anglo-Americas First Civil Wars: The British Setting, 16301763 * America, 17631775: The Inheritance of Revolutionary Conflict * The British Empire and Civil War in the Western Hemisphere, 17751783 * The Making of a Revolution: Patriots, Loyalists, and Neutrals * Support for the American Revolution Within the British Isles * Trauma and Triumph: Saratoga and the Revitalization of the British Empire The Final Cousins War * Sectionalism, Slavery, and Religion: The Continuity of the Second and Third Cousins Wars * The Final Cousins Fight: Causes and Origins of the American Civil War * The U.S. Civil War: Loyalties, Alignments, and Partisanships, 18611865 * The U.S. Civil War and the Framework of Anglo-America The Triumph of Anglo-AmericaWar, Population, and English Language Hegemony * The Cousins Wars and the Shaping of Anglo-American Politics * Demographic Imperialism: The Second Architecture of Anglo-American Hegemony * The English Language: Words as Weaponry? * Afterword

About the Author

Kevin Phillips is the bestselling author of eight previous books, including The Politics of Rich and Poor (1990) and The Emerging Republican Majority (1969). He is also a commentator for National Public Radio's Morning Edition and a contributing columnist for the Los Angeles Times. In 1984, 1988, 1992, and 1996, he was a national elections commentator for CBS Television News. He lives in West Goshen, Connecticut.

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