For Honour's Sake: The War of 1812 and the Brokering of an Uneasy Peace

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Knopf Canada, Jul 23, 2010 - History - 464 pages
In the tradition of Margaret MacMillan’s Paris 1919 comes a new consideration of Canada’s most famous war and the Treaty of Ghent that unsatisfactorily concluded it, from one of this country’s premier military historians.

In the Canadian imagination, the War of 1812 looms large. It was a war in which British and Indian troops prevailed in almost all of the battles, in which the Americans were unable to hold any of the land they fought for, in which a young woman named Laura Secord raced over the Niagara peninsula to warn of American plans for attack (though how she knew has never been discovered), and in which Canadian troops burned down the White House. Competing American claims insist to this day that, in fact, it was they who were triumphant.

But where does the truth lie? Somewhere in the middle, as is revealed in this major new reconsideration from one of Canada’s master historians. Drawing on never-before-seen archival material, Zuehlke paints a vibrant picture of the war’s major battles, vividly re-creating life in the trenches, the horrifying day-to-day manoeuvring on land and sea, and the dramatic negotiations in the Flemish city of Ghent that brought the war to an unsatisfactory end for both sides. By focusing on the fraught dispute in which British and American diplomats quarrelled as much amongst themselves as with their adversaries, Zuehlke conjures the compromises and backroom deals that yielded conventions resonating in relations between the United States and Canada to this very day.

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The War of 1812 lasted a little over two years. The U.S. wanted to increase their territory, so they invaded Canada (or what was to later become Canada). The British, Canadians, French-Canadians, and ... Read full review

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Very well told but there are errors and perhaps too heavy a reliance on mythology around the war. More in depth research, or a different presentation, could have improved work. Read full review


ONE A Republican ofthe First Fire ii
The Scarchfor Satisfaction
EIGHTI Failures of Communication
NINE The Demons of War Unchained
The Wliant Have Bled
ELEVENI Opportunities for Usefulness
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THIRTEEN Peace Sincerely Desired
SEVENTEENZ Fields of Victory Fields ofShame
Great Olmacles to Accommodation
A Capital Burned a Campaign Lost
TVVENTYSEVEN1 The Blessing qfpeace
EPILOGUE2 Honour Preserved
APPENDIX The Text oftlse Treaty ofGhent
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FOURTBEN2 An Expamied War
FIITEENI A Succession ofDtfeats

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Mark Zuehlke is the author of many books about military history and the influence of the nation’s war experiences on Canadian society including Juno Beach, Holding Juno and The Gothic Line, a much-lauded trilogy tracing Canada’s role in the World War II Italian campaign; and The Canadian Military Atlas. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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