The Pig War

The Pig War : The United States, Britain and the Balance of Power in the Pacific Northwest, 1846-1872

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Very few people have heard of the 'Pig War,' since this episode in American history was overshadowed by the U.S. Civil War and the beginning of mass immigration from Europe. Yet this diplomatic conflict between the United States and Great Britain, resulting from the shooting of a single pig, lasted more than twenty years, and greatly impacted the relationship between the two nations. Scott Kaufman carefully examines, and places into both an American and an international context, the origins and the resolution of this tense stand-off over contested colonial territory. This history sheds new light on the emergence of the United States as an international superpower.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 430.91g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • maps
  • 0739107291
  • 9780739107294

Review quote

Kaufman's book is workmanlike; his research is is very thorough in British and US sources...Recommended. CHOICE This review of the subject extends the research base into some little known archives... The Journal Of Military History The Pig War is useful as a compact treatment of a critical period in Anglo-American relations that offers a retelling of the 1859 incident in the context of an ongoing diplomatic question...A concise supplement to studies of nineteenth century Anglo-American relations. -- Donald A. Rakestraw, Georgia Southern University Journal of American History Finally, the "Pig War" on San Juan Island in the summer of 1859 receives its deserved place in the course of Anglo-American relations. Just as importantly, Professor Kaufman places the incident in the context of the half century border dispute in the great northwest between the two Atlantic powers, clarifying the path towards peaceful resolution. This well documented study makes a real contribution to the field of 19th century diplomatic history. -- John M. Belohlavek, Professor of History, University of South Floridashow more

About Scott Kaufman

Scott Kaufman is Assistant Professor of History at Francis Marion University.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 "The Middle of the Channel" Chapter 2 "An Exclusive Right Over the Premises" Chapter 3 "We Have Had One Most Lucky Escape" Chapter 4 "The President Was Not Prepared" Chapter 5 "An Equitable Solution of the Difficulty" Chapter 6 "The Happy Agreement ... is a Long, Long Way Off Yet" Chapter 7 "Pretend the Coolest Indifference" Chapter 8 "I Believe the Decision to Be of Singularly Little Importance"show more