Saturday, March 5, 2011

Perceptions and war

Another Disunion Blog post considers the rationality and expectations of both sides prior to the Civil War. The final two sentences nicely summarize the main point, that it seemed not to be irrationality that led to war, but miscalculation:

"Neither had a marked advantage when it came to rationality or madness. And neither had the least idea what war would mean, as is often the way with the best and the brightest."