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In the first complete history of the War of 1812 written from a British perspective, Jon Latimer offers an authoritative and compelling account that places the conflict in its strategic context within the Napoleonic wars. The British viewed the War of 1812 as an ill-fated attempt by the young American republic to annex Canada. For British Canada, populated by many loyalists who had fled the American Revolution, this was a war for survival. The Americans aimed both to assert their nationhood on the global stage and to expand their territory northward and westward.

Americans would later find in this war many iconic moments in their national story--the bombardment of Fort McHenry (the inspiration for Francis Scott Key's "Star Spangled Banner"); the Battle of Lake Erie; the burning of Washington; the death of Tecumseh; Andrew Jackson's victory at New Orleans--but their war of conquest was ultimately a failure. Even the issues of neutrality and impressment that had triggered the war were not resolved in the peace treaty. For Britain, the war was subsumed under a long conflict to stop Napoleon and to preserve the empire. The one lasting result of the war was in Canada, where the British victory eliminated the threat of American conquest, and set Canadians on the road toward confederation.

Latimer describes events not merely through the eyes of generals, admirals, and politicians but through those of the soldiers, sailors, and ordinary people who were directly affected. Drawing on personal letters, diaries, and memoirs, he crafts an intimate narrative that marches the reader into the heat of battle.

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In the first complete history of the War of 1812 written from a British perspective, Latimer offers an authoritative and compelling account that places the conflict in its strategic context within the Napoleonic wars. Drawing on personal letters, diaries, and memoirs, Latimer describes events not merely through the eyes of generals, admirals, and politicians but through those of the soldiers, sailors, and ordinary people who were directly affected.

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2008 Distinguished Book Award, US History Category, Society for Military History

About the Author

Jon Latimerwas a lecturer at the <>University of Wales Swanseaand a former officer in the Royal Welch Fusiliers. He is the author of 1812: War with Americaand Alamein.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations

Note on Place-Names and Currency

Introduction

1. "Canada! Canada! Canada!"

2. Soldiers, Sailors, Immigrants, and Indians

3. Brock--Saviour of Canada

4. Frigates and Privateers

5. Winter on the Lakes

6. Spring on the Frontier

7. Raids and Blockades

8. Tecumseh's Tragedy

9. Crysler's Farm

10. Drummond's Winter Offensive

11. Atlantic and Pacific

12. The Far Northwest

13. The Niagara Frontier

14. Burning the White House

15. Baltimore and Fort Erie

16. Plattsburgh

17. New Orleans

18. The Peace of Christmas Eve

Abbreviations

Notes

Select Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674034778
Author:
Latimer, Jon
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Canada - Pre-Confederation (to 1867)
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Military - Other
Subject:
United States - Antebellum Era
Subject:
Military-General History
Subject:
History - Canada - Pre-Confederation (to 1867)
Subject:
HISTORY / Europe/Great Britain
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
October 2009
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 halftones, 16 maps
Pages:
656
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , In the first complete history of the War of 1812 written from a British perspective, Latimer offers an authoritative and compelling account that places the conflict in its strategic context within the Napoleonic wars. Drawing on personal letters, diaries, and memoirs, Latimer describes events not merely through the eyes of generals, admirals, and politicians but through those of the soldiers, sailors, and ordinary people who were directly affected.
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