The War of 1812

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In this fully illustrated introduction, acclaimed historian Carl Benn examines the War of 1812 and its significance in US history.

The war of 1812–1815 was a bloody confrontation that tore through the American frontier, the British colonies of Upper and Lower Canada, and parts of the Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico. The conflict saw British, American, and First Nations forces clash, and in the process, shape the future of North American history. Carl Benn explains what led to America's decision to take up arms against Great Britain and assesses the three terrible years of fighting that followed on land and sea, where battles such as Lake Erie and Lake Champlain launched American naval traditions.

This new edition has been updated throughout to draw on the research and advances in scholarship in the two decades since original publication in 2002. Benn examines how this has not only impacted basic assumptions of force size and battle dates in some cases, but has also drawn attention to subjects that had previously been overlooked. Fully illustrated in colour with specially commissioned maps and over 50 new images, this book provides an accessible overview of the War of 1812.

Table of Contents

Background to War
Warring Sides
The Fighting
The World Around War
How the War Ended
Conclusion and Consequences
Further Reading

Product details

Published Jan 16 2024
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 144
ISBN 9781472858566
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Fully illustrated in colour and black and white
Dimensions 8 x 6 inches
Series Essential Histories
Short code ESS
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Carl Benn

Dr Carl Benn is a history professor at Toronto Met…


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