The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, and Indian Allies

12 08 2010

Alan Taylor has a new book coming out on the War of 1812, The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies. The publication date is in October, but you can pre-order it here.

Taylor will be speaking about his new book at University in Toronto in October. I shall post details when they are available.

“In this deeply researched and clearly written book, the Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Alan Taylor tells the riveting story of a war that redefined North America. During the early nineteenth century, Britons and Americans renewed their struggle over the legacy of the American Revolution. Soldiers, immigrants, settlers, and Indians fought in a northern borderland to determine the fate of a continent. Would revolutionary republicanism sweep the British from Canada? Or would the British empire contain, divide, and ruin the shaky American republic?”

Born in Maine, Alan Taylor teaches American and Canadian history at the University of California, Davis. His book  The Divided Ground examined the legacy of the American Revolution in the Great Lakes region.  He has won the Bancroft and Pulitzer prizes for American history. He also serves as a contributing editor to The New Republic.

Books of this sort make me wonder whether it is time for historians of 19th century North America to abandon terms such as “Canadian” and “American” (i.e., United States) history entirely. Perhaps it would be better to speak of “Great Lakes region history”, “French America history”, etc.


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