Academic journal article Military Review

The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy

Academic journal article Military Review

The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy

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THE WAR OF 1812 AND THE RISE OF THE U.S. NAVY Mark Collins Jenkins and David A. Taylor, National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C., 2012, 280 pages

This is a gripping and stirring story that delves into the first truly global conflict that the United States was involved in. The author presents an all-encompassing look at the conflict, from the political and economic backgrounds to the operational status of the U.S. Navy, starting with its actions against the Barbary pirates. It discusses the drawdown after that action, its reconstitution just prior to the War of 1812, and the Navy's actions in all theaters during the war.

The book is divided into five chapters, which basically provides a chronological story and explains the incidents that led to the war as well as the legacy after the confrontation. The authors delve into the role of the fledgling U.S. Navy against the Barbary pirates as well as the actions of the British government-its Navy-that continued to keep tensions high between the two countries.

The authors also discuss the practice of impressment, wherein men were forced to serve in the British navy, and the early actions conducted by the U.S. Navy to protect American sailors and ships. The book follows an easy-to-understand progression of battles and results that affected both sides in the naval conflict. …

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