Virginia Civil War 150
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"The American Civil War in a Global Context"
George Mason University
Center for the Arts
4373 Mason Pond Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Saturday, May 31, 2014

Peter N. Stearns, Conference Chair


Friday, May 30

7:30 PM

Pre-Conference Special Program (Open to the public)
Location: GMU Johnson Center, George's

"Treason, Stupidity, or Cowardice": The Union Defeat at Ball’s Bluff and the Formation of the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War   

Christopher Hamner, George Mason University

Saturday, May 31
7:30 AM

Doors open - Center for the Arts

9:30 AM
Welcome Remarks
9:45 AM

Panel I: Context and History

Nationalism and Separatism: A Global Perspective of the American Civil War

Niels Eichhorn, Middle Georgia State College

The Statecraft of Secession and War: How Foreign Powers Unintentionally Shaped the Start of War

Brian Schoen, Ohio University

The American Civil War and Italian National Unification: Comparisons and Connections between the Confederate South and Southern Italy

Enrico Dal Lago, National University of Ireland, Galway

10:45 AM
11:00 AM
Panel II: Diplomatic and Military Impacts

The Union Navy’s Blockade of the Confederacy: Tradition Bound or a Betrayal of America’s Birthright?

David Surdam, University of Northern Iowa

Iron Lion or Paper Tiger?: The Myth of British Naval Intervention in the American Civil War

Howard Fuller, University of Wolverhampton

American Blood and Iron: The Civil War and the World's Militaries

Jeanne and David Heidler, USAF Academy



  Ask the Commission (optional lunchtime program). Featured speaker: James I. Robertson, Jr.
1:15 PM

Panel III: Comparative Case Studies

"Democracy on Its Trial" The Hoary Question of the American Civil War and British Reform

Hugh Dubrulle, Saint Anselm College

Imperialism and Civil War in Mid-Century East Asia

Brian Platt, George Mason University

First Fruit of the South’s Secession: The United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America during the Civil War

Kenneth Blume, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

2:15 PM
2:30 PM
Panel IV: Question and Answer
3:30 PM

Concluding Remarks

Why Civil War Americans Cared about Europe - and Why Europeans Cared about the American Civil War

Paul Quigley, Virginia Tech

4:15 PM
Meet and Greet/Book Signing




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