The Routledge Handbook of the War of 1812
Hickey, Donald R. (EDT)
Clark, Connie D. (EDT)
328 p. illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.
Choice Reviews 2016 September
Combining military history with social and cultural history, this handbook covers topics including the origins and context of the war, the events in different theaters, the war's legacy and commemoration, and the roles of women, African Americans, and Native Americans.
The War of 1812 ranged over a remarkably large territory, as the fledgling United States battled Great Britain at sea and on land across what is now the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada. Native people and the Spanish were also involved in the war's interrelated conflicts. Often overlooked, the War of 1812 has been the subject of an explosion of new research over the past twenty-five years. The Routledge Handbook of the War of 1812 brings together the insights of this research through an array of fresh essays by leading scholars in the field, offering an overview of current understandings of the war that will be a vital reference for students and researchers alike. The essays in this volume examine a wide range of military, political, social, and cultural dimensions of the war. With full consideration given to American, Canadian, British, and native viewpoints, the international group of contributors place the war in national and international context, chart the course of events in its different theaters, consider the war's legacy and commemoration, and examine the roles of women, African Americans, and natives. Capturing the state of the field in a single volume, this handbook is a must-have resource for anyone with an interest in early America.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Donald R. Hickey and Connie D. Clark 2. The International Context of the War of 1812 Jeremy Black 3. American "Independence is Not Threatened": British Priorities in the War of 1812 John R. Grodzinski 4. The War on the High Seas Andrew Lambert 5. Privateering, Prizes, and Profits: The Private War of 1812 Faye Kert 6. The War on the Lakes David Curtis Skaggs 7. The War in the Chesapeake Christopher T. George 8. War on the Gulf Coast: American Ascendancy and the New Order Gene Allen Smith 9. Mars in the Wilderness: Weapons and Tactics of the War of 1812 Douglas W. DeCroix 10. Aboriginal Peoples and Their Multiple Wars of 1812 Carl Benn 11. The American Home Front, 1812-1814 J.C.A. Stagg 12. Heavy Lies the Crown: The Canadian Social Context of the War of 1812, James Tyler Robertson 13. The British Home Front Walter L. Arnstein 14. American Blacks in the War of 1812 Alan Taylor 15. War Stories and Love Stories: Conflict and Culture in the War of 1812 Nicole Eustace 16. The Treaty of Ghent Robert McColley 17. A Lasting Legacy: How a Little War Shaped the Transatlantic World Donald R. Hickey 18. War of 1812 Memorials and Commemorations Ronald J. Dale 19. Remembering the Forgotten Conflict: Two Hundred Years of Literature on the War of 1812 Donald R. Hickey 20. War of 1812 Chronology Ralph E. Eshelman Notes on Contributors Index