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The War of 1812 in the age of Napoleon /
Jeremy Black.
imprint
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c2009.
description
xvii, 286 p.
ISBN
080614078X (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780806140780 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c2009.
isbn
080614078X (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780806140780 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
Paths to war -- The Americans attack, 1812 -- The attack renewed, 1813 -- The war at sea -- The empire strikes back, 1814-15 -- Consequences -- Conclusions.
catalogue key
6966617
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2009-10-01:
Black (history, Univ. of Exeter; Crisis of Empire: Britain and America in the Eighteenth Century) places the War of 1812 in its international context, giving the U.S. conflict with Great Britain a different significance than is the norm from historians on this side of the Atlantic. The international stage then contained the Napoleonic Wars, with Britain and France particularly locked in a bitter struggle. A concurrent war with the United States presented problems to a beleaguered English government, not least of which was its secondary importance to the conflict in Europe. This thought-provoking discussion of an all-too-often overlooked conflict in U.S. history (and one to have its bicentennial soon) is highly recommended for specialists and interested readers. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Re-assessing this early American war from an international perspective
Main Description
Re-assessing this early American war from an international perspective The War of 1812 is etched into American memory with the burning of the Capitol and the White House by British forces, The Star-Spangled Banner, and the decisive naval battle of New Orleans. Now a respected British military historian offers an international perspective on the conflict to better gauge its significance. In The War of 1812 in the Age of Napoleon, Jeremy Black provides a dramatic account of the war framed within a wider political and economic context than most American historians have previously considered. In his examination of events both diplomatic and military, Black especially focuses on the actions of the British, for whom the conflict was, he argues, a mere distraction from the Napoleonic War in Europe. Black describes parallels and contrasts to other military operations throughout the world. He stresses the domestic and international links between politics and military conflict; in particular, he describes how American political unease about a powerful executive and strong army undermined U.S. military efforts. He also offers new insights into the war in the West, amphibious operations, the effects of the British blockade, and how the conflict fit into British global strategy. For those who think the War of 1812 is a closed book, this volume brims with observations and insights that better situate this "American" war on the international stage.
Main Description
The War of 1812 is etched into American memory with the burning of the Capitol and the White House by British forces, The Star-Spangled Banner, and the decisive naval battle of New Orleans. Now a respected British military historian offers an international perspective on the conflict to better gauge its significance. In The War of 1812 in the Age of Napoleon, Jeremy Black provides a dramatic account of the war framed within a wider political and economic context than most American historians have previously considered. In his examination of events both diplomatic and military, Black especially focuses on the actions of the British, for whom the conflict was, he argues, a mere distraction from the Napoleonic War in Europe. Black describes parallels and contrasts to other military operations throughout the world. He stresses the domestic and international links between politics and military conflict; in particular, he describes how American political unease about a powerful executive and strong army undermined U.S. military efforts. He also offers new insights into the war in the West, amphibious operations, the effects of the British blockade, and how the conflict fit into British global strategy. For those who think the War of 1812 is a closed book, this volume brims with observations and insights that better situate this "American" war on the international stage.
Table of Contents
List of Mapsp. xi
Prefacep. xi
Note on Termsp. xvii
Introductionp. 3
Paths to Warp. 10
The Americans Attack, 1812p. 44
The Attack Renewed, 1813p. 78
The War at Seap. 123
The Empire Strikes Back, 1814-15p. 147
Consequencesp. 204
Conclusionsp. 238
Notesp. 245
Selected Further Readingp. 271
Indexp. 275
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