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  1. GauchoBadger

    What do you think the Confederacy did wrong?

    There is another source data to corroborate my point, which is Confederate intelligence in Britain itself: Of course, class unanimity in attitudes towards the civil war is to be taken with a grain of salt, but i do firmly believe that there was a humanitarian element to pro-Union sentiment in...
  2. GauchoBadger

    What do you think the Confederacy did wrong?

    Pardon me if i’m wrong but IIRC The Times was a thoroughly conservative publication. It was only an element in a sea of polarization that was the British press at that time. There were many circulating publications who supported the Union, and even then only the press articles aren’t enough to...
  3. GauchoBadger

    What do you think the Confederacy did wrong?

    Likewise, it seems that McPherson (which you quoted) in Battle Cry for Freedom mentions a wave of British working-class demonstrations in support of the Union (in which seemingly even Karl Marx was present and spoke of positively) in the midst of deliberations by the British government over...
  4. GauchoBadger

    What do you think the Confederacy did wrong?

    Here’s a detailed article that might be useful. British public opinion on the civil war in America seemed to be divided among class lines — the aristocracy, some of the petit-bourgeoisie and, as said before, Palmerston’s cabinet favored the confederacy based on a perceived shared legacy of...
  5. GauchoBadger

    What do you think the Confederacy did wrong?

    Pardon me for not believing this was actually the discourse taken about by the British public because it makes no fucking sense whatsoever. Even Palmerston admitted that slavery was integral to the confederate economy.
  6. GauchoBadger

    What do you think the Confederacy did wrong?

    Your source cites nothing about British public opinion which might have made an intervention unpopular.
  7. GauchoBadger

    What do you think the Confederacy did wrong?

    As stated before, Lincoln would still be a lame-duck with months of still mostly free action to crush the by now ground-down confederacy to powder. Their casualties are still rising and their victories are still recurrently pyrrhic. Then why did they not? McClellan lost by 5% of the vote tally...
  8. GauchoBadger

    What do you think the Confederacy did wrong?

    The Confederate army under the leadership of Lee had already achieved impressive victories on the eastern theater numerous times in the war (Bull Run one and two, the Peninsula Campaign, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville) and yet none of them convinced Britain to drop its posture of neutrality...
  9. GauchoBadger

    What do you think the Confederacy did wrong?

    Reread the passage you just posted and notice how unfavorably the author speaks of McClellan's campaign.
  10. GauchoBadger

    What do you think the Confederacy did wrong?

    Which brings us to a point to make about the CSA's biggest mistake for the war -- their entire survival depended on a foreign intervention that never materialized.
  11. GauchoBadger

    What do you think the Confederacy did wrong?

    As has been posited in previous arguments, Lincoln was nowhere near to even being contested in the 1864 election. And even had McClellan won the election, he'd be hard pressed against recognizing confederate independence at this point considering how the southern war effort was already on the...
  12. GauchoBadger

    How did North Vietnam win the civil war (American Phase)?

    Franklin Weinstein paints a different picture: North Vietnam and the VWP were quite enthusiastic yet orderly in their preparations for the 1956 plebiscite on reunification, restraining Viet Minh troops, consulting regularly with the UN, and engaging in regular talks with southern leaderships...
  13. GauchoBadger

    How did North Vietnam win the civil war (American Phase)?

    The preconditions were not met because of American meddling in the southern political scene. What was at stake here were not formal definitions of treaties, but the very PR weight of the United States -- how are you supposed to say you defend "democracy" and "fair diplomacy" if what you're doing...
  14. GauchoBadger

    How did North Vietnam win the civil war (American Phase)?

    Care to elaborate? It cites ten academic sources... And were there any other candidates that could have sufficiently challenged Ho as to deny him victory? Almost all the other national factions except maybe the VNQDD had been in cahoots with the French and were thus quite unpopular, i have...
  15. GauchoBadger

    Franklin becomes a state

    Would it be possible to do a maximum state split along the Tennessee loop, with East Tennessee being Franklin, Middle Tennessee and the strip of OTL northern Alabama to the north of the river being its own state, and the Jackson Purchase area being another?
  16. GauchoBadger

    How irreplaceable was Stalin?

    I believe Stalin was better off removed from the bigger picture. The rapid industrialization of the Soviet economy as attributed to him by sycophants like Michael Parenti, Grover Furr, and other pro-Stalin "tankies" could just as (if not more) competently been carried out under Bukharin or a...
  17. GauchoBadger

    Preserve the West Ukrainian People's Republic

    The West Ukrainian People's Republic was an aspiring nation-state that formed out of the wreckage of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918, encompassing the areas inhabited by the so-called Rusyn or Ruthenian people. From its beginning, the republic saw military conflict with neighboring states...
  18. GauchoBadger

    How did North Vietnam win the civil war (American Phase)?

    Side note, but Venezuela is not a "marxist" economy. The country is governed by nationalist regime intent on modernization and increasing productivity to form a competitive regional bloc. Chavez' and Maduro's talk about "socialism" is merely an useful discourse point taped on top of that -- the...
  19. GauchoBadger

    How did North Vietnam win the civil war (American Phase)?

    The restrictions established for the US embargo on Cuba stipulate that no foreign company that does trade with Cuba can also do trade within the US without severe restrictions. The intent of this is that companies will choose the US, a large and thriving market, over the comparatively tiny...
  20. GauchoBadger

    How did North Vietnam win the civil war (American Phase)?

    Of course, it makes sense that Cuban supermarkets would be frequently empty after all these years, considering how the US still maintains a general trade embargo on the island... While North Vietnam's land reform process did have its own deplorable excesses of violence, it cannot be understated...
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