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  1. The War of 1812: Conflict for a Continent (Cambridge Essential Histories)
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  2. The War of 1812: Conflict for a Continent (Cambridge Essential Histories)

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This book is a narrative history of the many dimensions of the War of 1812 - social, diplomatic, military, and political - which places the war's origins and conduct in transatlantic perspective. The events of 1812-1815 were shaped by the larger crisis of the Napoleonic Wars in Europe. In synthesizing and reinterpreting scholarship on the war, Professor J. C. A. Stagg focuses on the war as a continental event, highlighting its centrality to Canadian nationalism and state development. The book introduces the war to students and general readers, concluding that it resulted in many ways from an emerging nation-state trying to contend with the effects of rival European nationalisms, both in Europe itself and in the Atlantic world.

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The title and promotional reviews led me to expect more than I found in this short essay by J.C.A. Stagg. Phrases like a "judicious general overview" and statements like, "he (the author) has been able to condense his immense expertise into such a readable and insightful book" had let me to anticipate an exciting read. It was not to be found. The fact that J.C.A. Stagg is said to be James Madison's official biographer also created anticipation. The book was not bad. It was just disappointing.

To start with, it appears it was designed visually to save cost and money. The style of writing and organizing does not lead to visual interest. There is an introduction so long it should have been a separate chapter, and 5 chapters, titled, simply, War, 1812, 1813, 1814 and Peace. Sections within each chapter are not titled with a clue to the coming content, but simply, I, II, III, IV, V, VI, etc. The plainness of the print distracts from the interest, at least for this reader. I will... Read more
I learned a lot from this history. The writer points out that all most people know about the War of 1812 was the burning of Washington (and Dolly Madison saving the portrait of George Washington from the President's House) and the Battle of New Orleans starring Andrew Jackson. He is right; that is all I knew before I read this book. This history leads the reader through the difficulty of raising and keeping an army, the disunity among the states, the attempts to invade Canada, the naval battles on Lake Champlain and the Great Lakes, the incompetence of some US military men, the influence of Napoleon, the desire of Russia to mediate a peace, President Madison's constant efforts to get the congress to take action, etc. (Did you know that the US lost Detroit to the British during this war?) This is a well written book that is full of information.
For a school book. It was pretty good.
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