The Incredible War of 1812, J. Mackay Hitsman

The Incredible War of 1812, J. Mackay Hitsman

A Military History

This book looks at the military events of the War of 1812, the second (and last) war between the United States and Great Britain. The author begins with a look at the causes of the war, before moving on to a series of chapters looking in some detail at the various campaigns of the war.

The focus of this book is on the conflict on the Canadian border. This was the most active theatre of the war, although few of the best known events actually occurred there. Corresponding less space is given to the famous duels between frigates or to the British attacks on the east coast of America, but they are given their place.

The War of 1812 is almost completely unknown in Britain, but in the United States and Canada it has been the subject of a great deal of partisan history, presenting it as the victory of the Canadian militia or the Second War in Independence. This book was one of the first really good modern accounts of the war and goes a long way towards redressing the balance. It has been described as being written from an Anglo-Canadian point of view, but in reality this goes no further than the chapter titles where victory or defeat is largely seen from that angle, but the actual text is free from any such bias.

Author: J. Mackay Hitsman
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 397
Publisher: Robin Brass Studio
Year: 2000 (revised edition), 1965 (original edition)

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