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North America, 1837-1914 records an era of territorial ambition and international disputes, of bloody and protracted civil war, and of reconstruction and rapid modernization. These years witnessed America's rise as a world power, giving Great Britain good reasons to watch her former colony closely. Britain's territorial claims in North America, her political and economic interests in the future of a divided republic, the need for allies as she braced for world war, and other concerns ensured careful and thorough reporting by the British of events on the North American continent.
“I cannot imagine going back to the former way of doing research.” -Oliver Bosc, Head of Arsenal Library BnF
Why are we so drawn to such bleak, harrowing depictions of our future?