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Confederate Political Economy : Creating and Managing a Southern Corporatist Nation (Hardcover) (Michael

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In Confederate Political Economy, Michael Bonner suggests that the Confederate nation was an expedient corporatist state -- a society that required all sectors of the economy to work for the national interest, as defined by a partnership of industrial leaders and a dominant government. As Bonner shows, the characteristics of the Confederate States' political economy included modern organizational methods that mirrored the economic landscape of other late nineteenth-century and early-twentieth-century corporatist governments.

Southern leaders, Bonner argues, were slave-owning agricultural capitalists who sought a counterrevolution against northern liberal capitalism. During secession and as the war progressed, they built and reinforced Confederate nationalism through specific centralized government policies. Bolstered by the Confederate constitution, these policies evolved into a political culture that allowed for immense executive powers, facilitated an anti-party ideology, and subordinated individual rights. In addition, the South's lack of industrial capacity forced the Confederacy to pursue a curious manufacturing policy that used both private companies and national ownership to produce munitions. This symbiotic relationship was just one component of the Confederacy's expedient corporatist state: other wartime policies like conscription, the domestic passport system, and management of southern railroads also exhibited unmistakable corporatist characteristics. Bonner's probing research and new comparative analysis expand our understanding of the complex organization and relationships in Confederate political and economic culture during the Civil War.

Number of Pages: 260
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Series Title: Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Louisiana State Univ Pr
Author: Michael Brem Bonner
Language: English
Street Date: May 11, 2016
TCIN: 51135376
UPC: 9780807162125
Item Number (DPCI): 248-16-0035
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