The War of 1812

The War of 1812 : A Forgotten Conflict, Bicentennial Edition

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This comprehensive and authoritative history of the War of 1812, thoroughly revised for the 200th anniversary of the historic conflict, is a myth-shattering study that will inform and entertain students, historians, and general readers alike. Donald R. Hickey explores the military, diplomatic, and domestic history of our second war with Great Britain, bringing the study up to date with recent scholarship on all aspects of the war, from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada. The newly expanded The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict, Bicentennial Edition includes additional information on the British forces, American Indians, and military operations such as the importance of logistics and the use and capabilities of weaponry. Hickey explains how the war promoted American nationalism and manifest destiny, stimulated peacetime defense spending, and enhanced America's reputation abroad. He also shows that the war sparked bloody conflicts between pro-war Republican and anti-war Federalist neighbors, dealt a crippling blow to American Indians, and solidified the United States's antipathy toward the British.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 149.86 x 233.68 x 43.18mm | 816.46g
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Bicentennial ed.
  • 0252078373
  • 9780252078378
  • 1,169,293

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This abridged version of Donald Hickey's popular War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict covers the military campaigns and the political and diplomatic history of the war. Intended for a general audience and students in introductory and upper division U.S. history courses, the volume is gripping reading. It includes a chronology of important events during the war and a list of suggested readings.
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"The definitive study."--Journal of American History "Despite being forgotten and overlooked, the War of 1812 was a significant milestone in the development of the United States. [Hickey] was accurate when he wrote, 'Although looking to the past, the war was fraught with consequences for the future, and for this reason it is worth studying today.' And there is no better place to start than with The War of 1812."--Civil War News "A well-researched and extensively documented overview of the causes and consequences of the War of 1812. In a penetrating analysis of prewar society, the author accumulates evidence suggesting that the war was ultimately unnecessary and unpopular. . . . Highly recommended as an inclusive political, military, and social treatment of a customarily neglected war."--American Library Association Booklist
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About Donald R. Hickey

Donald R. Hickey is a professor of history at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. He is the author of seven books, including Don't Give Up the Ship! Myths of the War of 1812, and numerous articles.
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