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By Robert P. Watson

Engaging and available account of the struggle that helped forge the yankee nation.

The warfare of 1812, often referred to as “America’s forgotten war,” was once a curious affair. on the time, it used to be brushed aside as “Mr. Madison’s War.” Later it was once hailed via a few as America’s “Second struggle for Independence” and ridiculed by way of others, equivalent to President Harry Truman, as “the silliest damned struggle we ever had.” The clash, which produced a number of nice heroes and destiny presidents, used to be all this and more.

In America’s First Crisis Robert P. Watson tells the tales of the main interesting battles and leaders and stocks crucial mistakes and victories of the struggle. What began as an attempt to invade Canada, fueled via anger over the harassment of yankee service provider ships via the Royal military, quickly become an all-out attempt to fend off an invasion by means of Britain. Armies marched around the Canadian border and sacked villages; navies battled on Lake Ontario, Lake Champlain, and the world’s oceans; either the yankee and Canadian capitals have been burned; and, in a last irony, the USA received its maximum victory in New Orleans—after the peace treaty have been signed.

“Watson has produced a hugely readable and vigorous account of the foremost battles, commanders, and occasions of this ‘forgotten war.’ Watson offers this significant warfare as not just pointless and choked with intrigue, yet a clash that ended up shaping either American nationalism and the geopolitical way forward for the continent. This e-book accomplishes its target of supplying a brand new realizing of the significance of this underappreciated war.” — Richard M. Yon, usa army Academy

“This thorough, informative, and fascinating narrative of the conflict of 1812 should be of serious curiosity to students, scholars, and an individual attracted to army heritage and American politics. It brings battles from over 2 hundred years in the past to lifestyles and illustrates why learning this conflict is vital to figuring out conflicts over US international and safeguard coverage this present day. It combines skillful historic learn with cautious realization to significant institutional advancements within the American political system.” — Meena Bose, Hofstra University

“Professor Watson presents outstanding insights into America’s first declared—though least identified and understood—war. From British impressments to diplomatic missteps, the explanations for this conflict that just about all started in 1807 are illuminated. The rookie errors that almost rate the United States her newly gained independence, the shielding stands that function a resource of satisfaction for lots of Canadians, and the exhausted adventures of British crusaders are dropped at lifestyles, because the characters, ships, and battles are defined with brilliant element and in an easy demeanour. This publication will please scholars of yankee historical past attracted to either international relations and struggle and likewise fulfill the informal reader searching for larger wisdom and expertise concerning the struggle of 1812.” — Sean D. Foreman, coeditor of The Roads to Congress 2012

Robert P. Watson is Professor of yankee reports at Lynn collage. His many books contain The Obama Presidency: A initial Assessment, George W. Bush: comparing the President at Midterm, and Life within the White condo: A Social heritage of the 1st relatives and the President’s House; all released via SUNY Press. He lives in Boca Raton, Florida.

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