The War of 1812, A Short History

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This abridged edition of Donald R. Hickey's comprehensive and authoritative The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict has been thoroughly revised for the 200th anniversary of the historic conflict. A myth-shattering study that will inform and entertain students and general readers alike, The War of 1812: A Short History explores the military, diplomatic, and domestic history of our second war with Great Britain, bringing the study up to date with recent scholarship on all ...

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Overview

 

This abridged edition of Donald R. Hickey's comprehensive and authoritative The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict has been thoroughly revised for the 200th anniversary of the historic conflict. A myth-shattering study that will inform and entertain students and general readers alike, The War of 1812: A Short History explores the military, diplomatic, and domestic history of our second war with Great Britain, bringing the study up to date with recent scholarship on all aspects of the war, from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada.

 

With new information on military operations, logistics, and the use and capabilities of weaponry, The War of 1812: A Short History explains how the war promoted American nationalism, reinforced the notion of manifest destiny, stimulated peacetime defense spending, and enhanced America's reputation abroad. Hickey also concludes that the war sparked bloody conflicts between pro-war Republican and anti-war Federalist neighbors, dealt a crippling blow to the independence and treaty rights of American Indians, and solidified the United States' antipathy toward the British. Ideal for students and history buffs, this special edition includes selected illustrations, maps, a chronology of major events during the war, and a list of suggested further reading.

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"Despite being forgotten and overlooked, the War of 1812 was a significant milestone in the development of the United States. [Hickey] was accurate when he wrote, 'Although looking to the past, the war was fraught with consequences for the future, and for this reason it is worth studying today.' And there is no better place to start than with The War of 1812."--Civil War News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252078774
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2012
  • Edition description: 1st Edition, Bicentennial Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 493,035
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald R. Hickey is a professor of history at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. He is the author of seven books, including Don't Give Up the Ship! Myths of the War of 1812, and numerous articles.

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Table of Contents

Preface to Bicentennial Edition vii

Preface to First Edition ix

Introduction 1

1 The Coming of the War, 1801-1812 5

2 The Campaign of 1812 19

3 The Campaign of 1813 40

4 The British Counteroffensive, 1814-1815 60

5 The Inner War 87

6 The Peace of Christmas Eve 103

Legacies 115

Chronology 123

Suggestions for Further Reading 133

Index 135

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    The book is well written but repetitive. Each chapter is written

    The book is well written but repetitive. Each chapter is written as if it was a standalone paper.  Overall very interesting, but frustrating to read the same arguments multiple times.  

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

    Very nice synopsis

    Let's face it, this wasn't the most exciting conflict around. There's a reason why no one ever talks about it. But Mr. Hickey does an excellent job explaining the "where's and why's" with excellent detail and facts. This abridged version from his "Forgotten Conflict" book makes for a quick and interesting read. For American history buffs, I definitely recommend it.

    One issue I have is I'm reading from the Nook version and the photos and maps are too small to view clearly and they can't be enlarged. This is not an author issue, it's a Nook problem.

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