AMERICA’S CIVIL WAR – 150 YEARS LATER: Why Did the Civil War Last So Long? – Eugenia Kiesling
Sunday January 23, 2011
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Brubeck Room in the Wilton Library
Nations rarely set out to fight long wars, and the American public has a history of impatience with drawn-out conflict, an impatience which appears to be growing more marked in the face of contemporary frustrations. The Civil War, one manifesting a large gap between expectations of rapid, inexpensive victory and the actual course of events, provides a historical reminder that even fairly straight-forward wars can be difficult to win. The talk will evaluate several explanations for the war’s duration and examine the ways in the practice of war changed as the difficulty of winning became more apparent.
Professor Kiesling earned her BA in History at Yale University 1978, her MA in Ancient History and Philosophy at Wadham College, Oxford University, and her Ph.D. in Modern European Military History at Stanford University in 1988. Following a Ford Fellow in International Relations at Harvard University in 1988-88, she was an assistant professor at the University of Alabama until 1995. Since then she has taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point, reaching the rank of Professor of History in 2002. Her publications include Arming Against Hitler: France and The Limits of Military Planning. After a collegiate rowing career that included rowing for Yale against Harvard and Oxford against Cambridge, she has coached rowing at West Point since 1995. Program sponsored by Wilson Properties, LLC.