British Generals in the War of 1812: High Command in the Canadas

British Generals in the War of 1812: High Command in the Canadas

by Wesley Turner
     
 

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In British Generals in the War of 1812 Wesley Turner takes a fresh look at five British Generals - Sir George Prevost, Isaac Brock, Roger Sheaffe, Baron Francis de Rottenburg, and Gordon Drummond - who held the highest civil and military command in the Canadas. He considers their formative experiences in the British Army and on active service in European and West

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In British Generals in the War of 1812 Wesley Turner takes a fresh look at five British Generals - Sir George Prevost, Isaac Brock, Roger Sheaffe, Baron Francis de Rottenburg, and Gordon Drummond - who held the highest civil and military command in the Canadas. He considers their formative experiences in the British Army and on active service in European and West Indian theatres and evaluates their roles in the context of North American conditions, which were very different from those of Europe. Wesley Turner answers questions about the quality of each general's leadership, particularly that of Isaac Brock, the best known of these five generals. He argues that Brock's charge up Queenston Heights - the basis for his heroic stature - was brave but hardly a demonstration of competent leadership. Turner also shows us that while the other generals displayed courage in combat, they had to face problems raised by American military successes and by the strains of warfare on the civilian population. British Generals in the War of 1812 explores why these commanders succeeded or failed and why, except for Brock, they are all but forgotten.

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"[Turner] raises questions about [the generals'] leadership which have not hitherto been discussed, and he presents an argument about the advantages and disadvantages of combining military and civil power which throws new light on an old chapter of Canadian history." Jack Hyatt, Department of History, University of Western Ontario.
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Turner (retired-history, Brock U.) takes up the still smoldering controversy around the quality of leadership in Canada during the war. Looking at the five British generals who held the highest civil and military commands, he considers their formative experiences in the British Army and their service in European and West Indian theaters, and evaluates their roles in the context of the very different North American conditions. Alternative class E353; Canadian card order number: C98-901405-3. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773518322
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
03/30/1999
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author


Wesley B. Turner has recently retired from the history department at Brock University.

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