By MacKinlay Kantor
"The maximum of our Civil struggle novels."—The long island occasions.
The 1955 Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of the Andersonville castle and its use as a focus camp-like criminal by means of the South through the Civil conflict.
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It is even more rash to pin simple labels on to the great music of this period. But the place of music in society was changing in a way not unlike that of science, in that it was taking a more professional shape, with public concerts appearing alongside private chamber music; and composers were concerned, like authors, with publishers and the public. The developments in science and technology, in educational theory and practice and the marshalling of opinion through the press, in theology and church life, or again in music and the visual arts—these 29 Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 WAR AND PEACE IN AN AGE OF UPHEAVAL did not all point in the same direction.
The reign began, like several earlier ones, with a palace revolution in almost oriental style, and ended in a mystery deepened by unnecessary, but again not unprecedented, secretiveness within the imperial family as to the succession. Yet during this reign Russia became more than ever before a part of Europe. At home the Slavophil reaction against the 'westernisers' was only just beginning in the 1820's and was officially suspect; abroad, Russophobia was still the exception, not the rule, at least until the Turkish war of 1828-9.
It has been argued that Alexander looked to France and Spain as maritime powers, and beyond Europe to the United States, to create a global equilibrium under Russian patronage, offsetting both the supremacy of Britain at sea and that of Austria in Central Europe; and that the defeat of his repeated proposals for widening the Alliance was the real triumph of Castlereagh and Metternich in these years. The importance of the United States in the tsar's mind has perhaps been exaggerated,3 but his conception in September 1815 of a 'Holy Alliance' was certainly not that of a police force of sovereigns against their peoples.