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The War of 1812
Conflict for a Continent

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  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521726863

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  • This book is a narrative history of the many dimensions of the War of 1812 – social, diplomatic, military, and political – which places the war's origins and conduct in transatlantic perspective. The events of 1812–1815 were shaped by the larger crisis of the Napoleonic Wars in Europe. In synthesizing and reinterpreting scholarship on the war, Professor J. C. A. Stagg focuses on the war as a continental event, highlighting its centrality to Canadian nationalism and state development. The book introduces the war to students and general readers, concluding that it resulted in many ways from an emerging nation-state trying to contend with the effects of rival European nationalisms, both in Europe itself and in the Atlantic world.

    • Short, up-to-date and based on comprehensive research
    • Should appeal to both academic and general readers
    • Makes what has always seemed like a confusing and incomprehensible war – to Americans at least – relevant to today's readers
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “This is the most judicious general overview of the War of 1812 with which I am familiar. J. C. A. Stagg long ago established himself as a leading authority on President James Madison and his administration’s handling of this too-often-neglected conflict. It is a tribute to Stagg – and a boon to readers – that he has been able to condense his immense expertise into such a readable and insightful book.” – Andrew Cayton, Miami University

    “Few scholars know the War of 1812 better than J. C. A. Stagg. Based on a lifetime of scholarship and an intimate knowledge of the papers of James Madison, Stagg captures the essence of the diplomatic, political, and military conflicts of the war in a masterful, cogent, concise, and readable book. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the War of 1812!” – Paul A. Gilje, University of Oklahoma

    “A well-researched but masterfully succinct and complete account, this is destined to become the definitive short history of the United States at war in 1812–1815.” – Donald E. Graves, author of Field of Glory: The Battle of Crysler’s Farm, 1813 and Where Right and Glory Lead: The Battle of Lundy’s Lane, 1814

    “John Stagg’s new book on the War of 1812 is a thoughtful and illuminating treatment of America’s second war with Great Britain. As the longtime editor of the Madison papers, Stagg brings a special understanding of our fourth president to this project, and his treatment of the memory and legacy of the conflict is especially insightful. Experts and novices alike will find plenty to think about in this ‘essential’ history.” – Donald R. Hickey, author of The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict and Don’t Give Up the Ship! Myths of the War of 1812

    “One of the most authoritative and balanced accounts of the War of 1812 ever written.” – Gordon S. Wood, Professor of History Emeritus, Brown University

    "...this splendid little book is an outstanding introduction to the historian’s craft, the major historiographical issues related to the War of 1812, and a narrative overview, with serious analysis, of the most significant events of the war, its causes, course and conclusion." -Robert Swan, The Washington Independent Review of Books

    "Stagg's slim volume offers readers a surefooted guide through the tickets of American political intrigue and international affairs...." -Nelson Lankford, The Weekly Standard

    " excellent, focused introductory text to the background, course, and results of the War." -Frederick C. Leiner, The Northern Mariner

    "Recommended." -Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521726863
    • length: 218 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.29kg
    • contains: 5 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. War
    2. 1812
    3. 1813
    4. 1814
    5. Peace.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • America 1815-1848
    • American Revolution and Early Republic
    • Legal History Seminar: Baltimore in the War of 1812
    • Topics in History: The War of 1812
    • U.S. Military History
  • Author

    J. C. A. Stagg, University of Virginia
    J. C. A. Stagg is Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He is the author of two books on James Madison, as well as many articles on the political, military and diplomatic history of the early American republic. He has edited or co-edited seventeen volumes of the papers of James Madison. He currently serves on the editorial board of the War of 1812 Magazine and the board of the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Commission.

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