The Civil War of 1812

The Civil War of 1812

American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies

Book - 2011
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"Assesses the War of 1812 in light of the legacy of the American Revolution, citing the agendas of key contributors while offering insight into the war's role in shaping the United States and Canada"--Publisher's summary.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2011, 2010.
ISBN: 9781400042654
Characteristics: vii, 620 p. :,ill., maps, ports. ;,24 cm.


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Norman C. Smith
Dec 08, 2011

This is a well-written and well-balanced history of the War of 1812, dealing primarily with the war in Upper Canada. The author's thesis is that the war was essentially a civil war because the people on all sides were divided by the war. He identifies at least three sides - British, American, and native - with the natives being the one unequivally losing side in the conflict.

Though Taylor is an American author, he writes about the origins of Upper Canada with a great deal of insight, perhaps being able to see the forest more clearly for not beeing within it.

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