All for the Union: The Civil War Diary & Letters of Elisha by Elisha Hunt Rhodes, Robert Hunt Rhodes

By Elisha Hunt Rhodes, Robert Hunt Rhodes

Occupied with the Union is the eloquent and relocating diary of Elisha Hunt Rhodes, who enlisted into the Union military as a personal in 1861 and left it 4 years later as a 23-year-old lieutenant colonel after scuffling with challenging and honorably in battles from Bull Run to Appomattox. an individual who heard those diaries excerpted at the PBS-TV sequence The Civil warfare will realize his debts of these campaigns, which stay amazing for his or her readability and aspect. so much of all, Rhodes's phrases demonstrate the incentive of a standard Yankee foot soldier, an another way traditional younger guy who persisted the trials of strive against and arduous marches, brief rations, worry, and homesickness for a wage of $13 a month and the pride of giving "all for the union."

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1 What is collective identity? Many scientific contributions on collective identity in the sub-national, national or transnational realm start with typologies of different group affiliations and/or their ordering into a hierarchy of preferences. Much has been written about the relations between different types of identities:    They may be organised as nested, concentric circles. This is the way we are used to imagining the process of socialisation of an individual (Clausen 1968; Parsons and Bales 1956).

Wars are fought between states that command organised military forces. While pre-modern warriors, condottieri and militias, or today’s non-state violent collective actors (insurgent groups, warlords and so on) usually fight for private or particularist reasons – be they personal gain and subsistence or individual and group grievances – ‘regular’ military forces are maintained by the state and are politically controlled. This is a demanding organisational task that requires considerable material and social resources and has so far been accomplished only by modern 20 Theoretical building blocks bureaucratic states and their hierarchically structured standing armies (Weber 1978: 981).

Why should this be different when ‘hot’11 political issues are discussed on a European scale? 12 Given their overwhelming heterogeneity, how could EU citizens ever arrive at common normative standards for the evaluation of European policy action with regard to these delicate issues, even if we view an affirmation of diversity as part of the European identity (on the latter point see Delanty 1995; Eriksen and Fossum 2004; Fossum 2004; Fuchs 2011, 2013; Olsen 2005; Reif 1993; Wallace 1985; Zielonka and Mair 2002).

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