Motivations of War

A lot of tension and thirst for information surrounds the nation as to why the United States of America separated and hence the emergence of civil war. Civil war is estimated to have claimed at least 620,000 people in America from the bloody battles that resulted from the civil war. From independence was declared followed with the signing, a lot of tensions on bills of rights were already building up but in 1860 the south separated itself from northern part of America in order to perpetuate the works of slavery. It is believed that the southern community agreed that slavery of the African race was necessary and had mutual benefits and it was worth fighting for. The northern states disagreed with this and they wanted slavery to be abolished because they believed that all men created equally. Many theories have erupted trying to explain the reason why the war took place, but the theory of Spenserian gives the insight of both confederate movement and government of union during that time of war and possible causes of war (Dawson, 1996).

Thesis of Spenserian consist of combination of theory of Hobbes and Malthus that tries to explain that war has grand role in evolution of human being. It has three elements which states that war is in human nature and it plays a role of keeping internal solidarity. The second element states that war has an external function of keeping power at a balance and lastly, war has a role of population reduction. This theory brings in some sense as to why civil war took place. We could conclude that civil war was due to human methods and the desire to keep the power of ruling and controlling, maintaining solidarity and reducing population and for sure these objectives were attained through the civil war battles. The idea of solidarity has little evidence in this case of civil war but it still holds to the theory. Survival of a nation depends on solidarity, the people and the community at large must depend on each other in order to carry out things as it is planned and hence thriving and for surviving of the people. The southern states uprising determines the idea on solidarity of the states and hence they would rather keep it that way and keep peace and therefore the United States felt the need fight back. This can be said of the southern who felt the need to keep the solidarity of the people they felt connected to and hence the need to defend the human elements over the threats from the northern states (Van der Dennen 1995).

The human experiences after the civil war were characterized by traumatic stress because they were exposed to violent death and fatal injury. People react with helplessness and intense fear. The victors were the only people standing on the battle field whereas the people all around the world were left in rage and regrets of what had happened. Since then the people of United States have developed a way of dealing with by many authors and actors coming up with a way of enlighten the society on the repercussions of war. The people have developed a culture of accepting that it really happened and some writer the likes James Robertson are compelled to write about the untold stories of civil war where they dramatize the sad event that is left untold in the accounts of campaigns and battles, that is the human side of war. The society therefore is able to reveal the fear, the ideals and foibles of the American society that was caught in the great historic epic which can be said to have defined the nation (Hass, 1990).

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