By Robert P. Watson

Engaging and obtainable account of the conflict that helped forge the yank nation.

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

In America’s First Crisis Robert P. Watson tells the tales of the main exciting battles and leaders and stocks an important error and victories of the struggle. What began as an attempt to invade Canada, fueled by means of anger over the harassment of yankee service provider ships via the Royal army, quickly become an all-out attempt to fend off an invasion by way 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 us gained its maximum victory in New Orleans—after the peace treaty have been signed.

“Watson has produced a hugely readable and full of life account of the most important battles, commanders, and occasions of this ‘forgotten war.’ Watson provides this significant struggle 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 ebook accomplishes its aim 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 warfare of 1812 may be of significant curiosity to students, scholars, and somebody attracted to army historical past and American politics. It brings battles from over 2 hundred years in the past to lifestyles and illustrates why learning this warfare is key to realizing conflicts over US overseas and safety coverage this present day. It combines skillful ancient learn with cautious cognizance to significant institutional advancements within the American political system.” — Meena Bose, Hofstra University

“Professor Watson presents exceptional insights into America’s first declared—though least recognized and understood—war. From British impressments to diplomatic missteps, the explanations for this warfare that nearly begun in 1807 are illuminated. The rookie error that just about rate the USA her newly gained independence, the protecting stands that function a resource of delight for lots of Canadians, and the exhausted adventures of British crusaders are delivered to lifestyles, because the characters, ships, and battles are defined with brilliant element and in a simple demeanour. This e-book will please scholars of yankee background drawn to either international relations and conflict and likewise fulfill the informal reader trying to find better wisdom and knowledge concerning the warfare of 1812.” — Sean D. Foreman, coeditor of The Roads to Congress 2012

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

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