In "The War of 1812 in the Age of Napoleon" Jeremy Black provides a dramatic account of the war framed within a wider political and economic context than most American historians have previously considered. In his examination of diplomatic and military events, Black especially focuses on the actions of the British, for whom the conflict was, he argues, a mere distraction from the Napoleonic War in Europe. Black describes parallels and contrasts to other military operations throughout the world. Throughout, he stresses the domestic and international links between politics and military conflict; in particular, he describes how American political unease about a powerful executive and strong army undermined U.S. military efforts. He offers new insights into the war in the West, amphibious operations, the effects of the British blockade, and how the conflict fit into British global strategy. For those who think the War of 1812 is a closed book, "The War of 1812 in the Age of Napoleon" is brimming with observations and insights that better situate this "American" war on the international stage.
Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter and a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of America and the West at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia. He is the author of more than seventy books and has lectured extensively around the world.
1. Background; 2. The Americans Attack, 1812; 3. The Attack Renewed, 1813; 4. The War at Sea; 5. The Empire Strikes Back, 1814-15; 6. Consequences; 7. Conclusions; Selected Further Reading.