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WATSON Robert P., America's First Crisis - The War of 1812


Description:  
From the publishers:
 
"The War of 1812, sometimes called “America's forgotten war,” was a curious affair. At the time, it was dismissed as “Mr. Madison's War.” Later it was hailed by some as America's “Second War for Independence” and ridiculed by others, such as President Harry Truman, as “the silliest damned war we ever had.” The conflict, which produced several great heroes and future presidents, was all this and more.
 
In America's First Crisis Robert P. Watson tells the stories of the most intriguing battles and leaders and shares the most important blunders and victories of the war. What started out as an effort to invade Canada, fueled by anger over the harassment of American merchant ships by the Royal Navy, soon turned into an all-out effort to fend off an invasion by Britain. Armies marched across the Canadian border and sacked villages; navies battled on Lake Ontario, Lake Champlain, and the world's oceans; both the American and Canadian capitals were burned; and, in a final irony, the United States won its greatest victory in New Orleans—after the peace treaty had been signed."
 
 
Table of Contents:
 
Preface
 
The Forgotten War
1. “The Silliest Damned War”
2. Stumbling Toward War
3. The Chesapeake Affair
4. “Leopardized”
 
Drumbeats
5. Land, Empire, and Intrigue
6. The Indian Question
7. Tippecanoe and the Course of History
8. A Declaration of War
 
“On to Canada”
9. The Invasion Begins
10. The Battle of Queenston Heights
11. Three-Pronged Disaster
12. “Remember the Raisin”
 
1813
13. The Sacking of York
14. Victories at Last
15. The Battles of Stoney Creek and Beaver Dams
16. The Battle of Thames
 
The High Seas
17. The Making of a Navy
18. A New Generation of Heroes
19. Blockade
20. The Cursed Chesapeake
 
The Great Lakes Theater
21. “We Have Met the Enemy and They Are Ours”
22. The Battle of the Carpenters
23. Saving Canada
24. Turning the Tables on the Invaders
 
1814
25. Canada's Bloodiest Battle
26. Victory on Lake Champlain
27. “The Bladensburg Races”
28. The Burning of the White House
 
Turning Points
29. The Defense of Baltimore
30. “Oh Say Can You See”
31. The Siege of Fort Erie
32. The Battle of Horseshoe Bend
 
Echoes
33. The Southern Campaign
34. The Treaty of Ghent
35. The Battle of New Orleans
36. The Making of a Nation
 
Appendix
Notes
Select Bibliography
About the Author
Index

More details and reviews on the publisher's website: SUNY Press.

Place and publisher: SUNY Press

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 425



This week’s book(s):

Description: This book a facsimile reproduction of a contemporary account of the battle of Waterloo, packed with first-hand accounts and official reports. The first section is a narrative description of the campaign followed by various personal interpretations of the battle, including letters from such notables as the Duke of Wellington. This is followed by the official reports of the battle from all sides, including the various orders of the day issued to the different armies, the official gazette sent by Wellington and the first-hand accounts of French marshals such as Ney and Grouchy. The book concludes with sobering lists of the killed and wounded, those honoured after the battle and obituaries of the more prominent figures. The book features two beautifully detailed concertina-fold maps, one giving an overview of the campaign as a whole and the other detailing the positions on the battlefield itself. In addition to this there is a detailed panorama of the battlefield, done in pen and ink that is arranged in two six-part folded sections in the middle of the book.


Place and publisher: Osprey, London

Date of publication: 2015

Number of pages: 288

Description: From the publishers:
 
"The Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars profoundly affected German Central Europe. Thousands of German and Austrian soldiers fought as enemies and allies of France in military campaigns that stretched from the sierras of Spain to the snowfields of Russia. Meanwhile, German and Austrian civilians found their lives touched by warfare in a way not seen for decades. The political geography of area was transformed as the thousand-year Holy Roman Empire collapsed and Napoleon redrew state borders. Millions found themselves forced to adapt to the political and military reality of French domination.
This book traces the individual and collective experience of these momentous events in the letters, diaries and memoirs of contemporaries. It explores how soldiers and civilians wrote about both the horrors and pleasures of warfare and how these experiences were mediated by social status, sex, religion and geography. It suggests that despite the trauma of a generation of warfare, older, pre-Revolutionary interpretations of armed conflict remained important as eyewitnesses sought to explain and understand the turmoil around them".


Place and publisher: London,Palgrave Macmillan

Date of publication: 2013

Number of pages: 281


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