The War of 1812

The War of 1812

The War of 1812

The War of 1812

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"Entangled in Napoleonic conflicts of the European continent, the impetus for fighting the War of 1812 grew hazy. The war deeply divided American sentiment, perhaps even more than Vietnam, and both the United States and Great Britain were mired in confusion until the conflict's inconclusive end. In this collection, renowned historians David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler put the War of 1812 in historical and social context. A general overview provides the background for the conflict. Individual essays examine Jefferson's ineffective use of sanctions as a diplomatic tool, the difficulties a young nation faced with fighting and bankrolling a war against a major power, U. S.-Indian relations, and the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the conflict but failed to deliver total resolution. Detailed biographies of key players, a timeline, and primary source documents including Madison's recommendation of war, a British soldier's description of the burning of Washington, D. C., and General Andrew Jackson's account of his great victory at New Orleans, bring life to the war's controversial and destructive nature. A selection of portraits and cartoons add a valuable visual component to this all-in-one guide to a forgotten war." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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American statesman Adlai Stevenson stated that “We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present.” This series, Greenwood Guides to Historic Events, 1500–1900, is designed to illuminate that path by focusing on events from 1500 to 1900 that have shaped the world. The years 1500 to 1900 include what historians call the Early Modern Period (1500 to 1789, the onset of the French Revolution) and part of the modern period (1789 to 1900).

In 1500, an acceleration of key trends marked the beginnings of an interdependent world and the posing of seminal questions that changed the nature and terms of intellectual debate. The series closes with 1900, the inauguration of the twentieth century. This period witnessed profound economic, social, political, cultural, religious, and military changes. An industrial and technological revolution transformed the modes of production, marked the transition from a rural to an urban economy, and ultimately raised the standard of living. Social classes and distinctions shifted. The emergence of the territorial and later the national state altered man’s relations with and view of political authority. The shattering of the religious unity of the Roman Catholic world in Europe marked the rise of a new pluralism. Military revolutions changed the nature of warfare. The books in this series emphasize the complexity and diversity of the human tapestry and include political, economic, social, intellectual, military, and cultural topics. Some of the authors focus on events in U.S. history such as the Salem Witchcraft Trials, the American Revolution, the abolitionist movement, and the Civil War. Others analyze European topics, such as the Reformation and Counter Reformation and the French Revolution. Still others bridge cultures and continents by examining the voyages of . . .

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