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"Provides history teachers with a useful, and amply illustrated version of events."
Tragedy and farce, bravery and cowardice, intelligence and foolishness, sense and nonsense - all these contradictions and more have characterized the War of 1812. The real significance of the series of skirmishes that collectively made up the war between 1812 and 1814 is the enormous impact they have had on Canadian and American views of themselves and of each other.
The publication of The War of 1812: The War That Both Sides Won in 1990 provided a contemporary look at the period, and included such developments as the 1975 discovery of the Hamilton and Scourge on the bottom of Lake Ontario, and the 1987 discovery of the skeletons of casualties at Snake Hill. Now, a decade later, Wesley B. Turner has updated The War of 1812 to include the volumes of new research that have come to light in recent years. All this new material has been incorporated into this interesting and informative overview of a crucial period in Canada's history.
"... the book is important in giving the American reader a full understanding of the war from the British/Canadian perspective."
"The authors have done impressive research in order to fill the gaps with reliable ... details. The book is a useful recounting of neglected aspects of our colonial ... history."
|Preface to the Second Edition||9|
|Chapter 1||Background to War, 1802-1812||15|
|Chapter 2||A Surprising War, 1812||33|
|Chapter 3||War on Land and Sea, 1813||57|
|Chapter 4||Checks and Stalemates, 1814||89|
|Chapter 5||Out of War to a Long Peace||115|
|Appendix||Weapons of Period Armies and Navies||133|
|Selected Further Reading||151|
Posted October 9, 2001
This book had some merit as a description of the War of 1812. While reading it though, it was impossible to escape the fact that it was written by a Canadian. The bias in this book was incredible, and often hid some of the points that needed to be made. I am not saying this as an American who only wants to read pro-American history, but this book became to biased to convey the facts the author was apparently trying to get across.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.