The War of 1812
The bloody War of 1812 saw British, American and First Nation forces clash in a conflict that would change North America for ever. This book explains the background to the war, as well as covering the three years of fighting on land and sea, including the battles of Lake Erie and Lake Champlain.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
Solid overview of the war, which is what I expect from Osprey. Nothing new is presented but as with most of the Essential Histories series a good starting point for studying this often forgotten war and Benn gives an even handed account of the war. If the only account of the War of 1812 you have read is from a High school textbook you might be in for a bit of a shock. Benn, like many of the historians writhing about the war dispels with the patriotic mythology that this was a "second war for independence" and more a war that the States started without proper planning. It is shown that we underestimated the British resistance, overestimated the fighting strengths of our militias, although we should have learned this in the Revolutionary War as we had the same problems with them, and had poor leadership. The book also has a chapter that goes over propaganda and protest as well as a chapters about the war chief Black Hawk of the Sauk peoples and a chapter on the efforts of John Strachan, a priest of the Church of England during the fighting at York. Over all you find after reading about this war that the reasons for going to war were as ambiguous as its outcome and helped start the formation of a national identity for Canada.
Review: The War of 1812 (Essential Histories #41)User Review - Alan - Goodreads
The author does a pretty good job on the War of 1812 (only in the battles he found important) - - but he skipped too much - which really annoyed me. There's one illustration of the Star Spangled ... Read full review