Neither Victor nor Vanquished: America in the War of 1812
From the publishers:
In 1812, less than forty years after breaking from Britain, the United States found itself in another war with its former colonial master. Now, during the two hundredth anniversary of the War of 1812 comes Neither Victor nor Vanquished, William Weber's reappraisal of this critical but frequently misunderstood conflict.
In the first half of the book, Weber examines the war's military aspects, highlighting the asymmetric nature of the conflict as the world's foremost naval power with a credible professional army stood against an idealist republic with commercial and agricultural aspirations but without an adequate navy and army. Weber also attempts to recalibrate popular conceptions of the U.S. forces' generally poor performance during “Mr. Madison's War,” and frames the War of 1812 in the context of both the Jeffersonian Revolution that preceded the war and the accelerated territorial expansion and consolidation of the United States that eventually led to the American Civil War. The book's second half presents alternative outcomes for the War of 1812, reminding us that history is made, not predetermined.
Place and publisher: Dulles: Potomac Books
Date of publication: 2013
Number of pages: 248
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Description: Mike Holgate is a writer, musician and librarian at Torquay Library, resident of Torquay where the ship Belleruphon was anchored for a few days in July 1815. He has used contemporary sources, allowing the reader to relive the excitement that buzzed in and around the bay of Plymouth Sound on the South Devon coast of England, where Britain's most famous ever asylum seeker waited for an answer to his request to the Prince Regent to be able to settle in Britain following his abdication as Emperor of France, after the devastating defeat of his army at Waterloo. The book is rich with first-hand accounts of the sightings of the man that most Britons has feared and despised, and the effervescence of enthusiasm and admiration that this caused among many who saw him. The book is also illustrated by numerous contemporary drawings and illustrations, folk-songs and poems.
Place and publisher: London, Halsgrove
Date of publication: 2015
Number of pages: 128
Description: From the publishers:
"Published in the 200th Anniversary year of the Battle of Waterloo a witty look at how the French still think they won, by Stephen Clarke, author of 1000 Years of Annoying the French and A Year in the Merde.
In France, Waterloo is still an open wound. The French know they lost, but they can't believe it, and think they were robbed. Two centuries after the Battle of Waterloo -- June 18, 1815 -- the French believe that whoever rules the universe got it wrong when Napoleon had victory snatched from his grasp. They are suffering in very much the same way as the English about almost every World Cup defeat to Germany since 1966. The Prussian General Blücher, arriving at the last minute to save Wellington from imminent defeat, was clearly offside and his goal really shouldn't have been allowed. Behind all the serious historical analysis, it honestly is that simple.
How the French Really Won Waterloo re-examines Waterloo, and France's feelings about it. Napoleon is a national hero, he was a winner, not a loser -- mais bien sûr!"
Place and publisher: London, Century
Date of publication: 2015
Number of pages: 288
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