Most Americans have studied the American War Between The States….but the one question that seldom gets asked is….why did the European powers not choose sides to support?
After all it would have been the perfect time to flex their muscle and make in-roads into the United States of America or the Confederated States of America. The nation would be focused on the internal struggle leaving lots of opportunities for influence peddling.
So again….why no choosing of sides?
By the beginning of the American Civil War, the United States was a little more than 50 years of age. They had started to develop relationships with all the major powers in Europe and the rest of the world.
It was evident both sides wished to gain the support of specific major powers, to enable them to take advantage of both military and financial assistance.
However, each nation remained “officially neutral” throughout the entirety of the war (although most favored one or the other). Some did not go as far as recognizing the Confederacy as a real country, but rather saw the South as an organized rebellion.
In fact, the Union told all the European countries if they recognized the Confederacy’s legitimacy, it was equal to declaring war against the Union. This neutrality for the most part, however, did not keep European countries from participating in various ways
This would be an excellent question to ask grad students in either international relations or conflict management…..
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