Military Industrial Complex: The Confederacy

17 Oct 2016

On Monday, October 17, 2016, we were joined again by Mark Albertson for a new series: The Military Industrial Complex.

The premise of States’ Rights was one of the hallmarks of the Confederacy as a Revolution. The Southern Aristocracy, with its slave economy, would be subsumed, as the idea of States’ Rights would be, by the industrialization of the South. The effort in building a Military-Industrial Complex so as to be able to wage conventional war helps to undermine the Confederacy, as a government billed as having been an example of States’ Rights gives way to a centralized form of government built on fighting a war which would see to the end of the Confederacy. The Confederacy would die in a losing effort of Total War.

About the presenter

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Mark teaches history at Norwalk Community College. His courses include: World War I and Iraq: Creation of Colonialism; A History, Vietnam; A History, World War I; The Turning Points of World War II; The Great Patriotic War: The Titanic Clash Between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union; and American Empire: Grand Republic to Corporate State. In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

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