Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Civil War Econopondering

I found this blog post to be especially interesting. Here is an excerpt:
And the way modern America won was characteristic. Southerners were better warriors — man for man, they almost always outperformed Union armies, although the gap narrowed over time. But the North excelled at the arts of peace — that is, in industry and ability to get things done. The North couldn’t stop Bedford Forrest from raiding supply lines; but it could repair track incredibly fast. And it was that Northern superiority in logistics, in production, that eventually proved decisive.
The many comments on the post are also interesting reading (if not for their analysis, for their variety of impressions).

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