Weight of Vengeance The United States, the British Empire, and the War Of 1812

ISBN-10: 0195391780

ISBN-13: 9780195391787

Edition: 2012

Authors: Troy Bickham

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In early 1815, Secretary of State James Monroe reviewed the treaty with Britain that would end the War of 1812. The United States Navy was blockaded in port; much of the army had not been paid for nearly a year; the capital had been burned. The treaty offered an unexpected escape from disaster. Yet it incensed Monroe, for the name of Great Britain and its negotiators consistently appeared before those of the United States. "The United States have acquired a certain rank amongst nations, which is due to their population and political importance," he brazenly scolded the British diplomat who conveyed the treaty, "and they do not stand in the same situation as at former periods."Monroe had a point, writes Troy Bickham. InThe Weight of Vengeance, Bickham provides a provocative new account of America's forgotten war, underscoring its significance for both sides by placing it in global context. The Napoleonic Wars profoundly disrupted the global order, from India to Haiti to New Orleans. Spain's power slipped, allowing the United States to target the Floridas; the Haitian slave revolt contributed to the Louisiana Purchase; fears that Britain would ally with Tecumseh and disrupt the American northwest led to a pre-emptive strike on his people in 1811. This shifting balance of power provided the United States with the opportunity to challenge Britain's dominance of the Atlantic world. And it was an important conflict for Britain as well. Powerful elements in the British Empire so feared the rise of its former colonies that the British government sought to use the War of 1812 to curtail America's increasing maritime power and its aggressive territorial expansion. And by late 1814, Britain had more men under arms in North America than it had in the Peninsular War against Napoleon, with the war with America costing about as much as its huge subsidies to European allies.Troy Bickham has given us an authoritative, lucidly written global account that transforms our understanding of this pivotal war.
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Book details

List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/21/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 9.40" wide x 6.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Note on Terms
Introduction
The American Case for War
The British Empires Case for War
Declaring War
America on the Offensive
The Empire at War
Wartime Opposition in the United States
British Opposition to the War
Ending the War and Constructing the Peace
Conclusion: Who Won the War of 1812?
Abbreviations
Notes
Index
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