1812 [electronic resource] : war with America /
Jon Latimer.
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2007.
xiv, 637 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
0674025849 (alk. paper), 9780674025844 (alk. paper)
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Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2007.
0674025849 (alk. paper)
9780674025844 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [557]-613) and index.
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This item was nominated for the following awards:
George Washington Book Prize , USA, 2008 : Nominated
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Appeared in Choice on 2008-07-01:
The North American War of 1812 has gotten little treatment from British scholars, perhaps because the conflict always seemed to be a sideshow to the epic struggle against Napoleon. Even the very few published 19th-century British accounts of the conflict appeared mostly as an effort to salvage the careers and reputations of naval and military officers who had served in the North American theater. Yet as the bicentennial of the war nears, British and US authors are reexamining the causes and meaning of the conflict. Latimer (Univ. of Wales; Alamein, 2002; Deception in War, 2001; Burma: The Forgotten War, 2004) provides the first full-length account of the war written from a British perspective. He contends that the conflict occurred because of the US desire to annex Canada. Using personal diaries, memoirs, and letters, Latimer vividly describes the bloody engagements fought around Chesapeake Bay and along the Gulf of Mexico, but he concludes that the British victory in Canada, which eliminated future US threats and set Canadians on the road toward confederation, remains the most significant result of the war. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. G. A. Smith Texas Christian University
Appeared in Library Journal on 2007-09-01:
In this welcome British perspective to the canon of research on the War of 1812, Latimer (former officer, Royal Welsh Fusiliers; Deception in War) convincingly debunks the popular myth that this was a second war of independence and a total victory for the United States, stressing that America did not achieve any of its primary goals. He argues that whereas American leaders considered themselves the decisive victors, the British government merely conceded a truce in order to concentrate on more pressing Continental concerns, namely, Napoleon. The financial deficiencies, administrative mishaps, and military mistakes on both sides are examined in thorough detail, making for a balanced and enlightening account. Latimer's dense, dry, and extremely detailed prose makes for a laborious read, but those willing to soldier through this lengthy tome will be rewarded with a well-researched critical study. Even the battle descriptions are tedious-but informative. Those not already familiar with what the Brits termed "the American War" may be overwhelmed by the statistics, dates, and other facts. Previously knowledgeable readers, however, will gain valuable insight into this mythologized and arguably misrepresented conflict. A worthy complement to A.J. Langguth's Union 1812, this scholarly achievement is recommended solely for large academic and military libraries.-Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Table of Contents
List of Maps and Illustrations
Note on Place-Names and Currency
""Canada! Canada! Canada!""
Soldiers, Sailors, Immigrants, and Indians
Brock--Saviour of Canada
Frigates and Privateers
Winter on the Lakes
Spring on the Frontier
Raids and Blockades
Tecumseh's Tragedy
Crysler's Farm
Drummond's Winter Offensive
Atlantic and Pacific
The Far Northwest
The Niagara Frontier
Burning the White House
Baltimore and Fort Er
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