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

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

Troy Bickham / Oct 14, 2019

The Weight of Vengeance The United States the British Empire and the War of In early Secretary of State James Monroe reviewed the treaty with Britain that would end the War of The United States Navy was blockaded in port much of the army had not been paid for nearl

  • Title: The Weight of Vengeance: The United States, the British Empire, and the War of 1812
  • Author: Troy Bickham
  • ISBN: 9780195391787
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 consiIn 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 In The 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 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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    727 Comments


    1. Interesting analysis of the American & British perspectives of the War of 1812. Why was this war fought and who really won? The author addresses those questions from both sides. American history buffs will enjoy reading.


    2. I'm on the last chapter. I'm not normally a war history buff, but then this isn't really a muskets-and-cannon balls sort of history. I heard him on the radio, and liked is disarmingly straightforward answers. Unlike a lot of authors he tried to make his subject easier to understand rather than to smugly overcomplicated it.The book is more about politics, the economy and public opinion than battles. The major pluses are that it is well-written, reasonable in length (summarizes parts that are not [...]


    3. Ok, the thing is, while this book is impressive in that it looks at the War of 1812 from the British, American, Canadian, and to a lesser extent the French and Native American perspectives, and it places that war in a global historical context, this thing was as dry as unbuttered toast! I appreciated that the book examined the international political, economic, and public opinion aspects of this war, but I couldn't ever really get to the point of actually caring about what I was being told becau [...]


    4. Best yet. Comprehensive, well-written, looks at all sides, not just USA and military men. Finally someone including the US, Canada, and Britain in the same book! Good inclusion of Native Americans and African slaves, too, although they don't take center stage in the book. Even has the Caribbean. I also liked the writing style. Good narrative, lots of colorful examples of the human experience. Excellent mix of sources--diaries, official letters, newspapers. This is an audiobook, too. I started th [...]


    5. Tossing the hat in on this one. History just isn't my thing. The history of a war? UGH! It must have been delusions brought on by my recent visit to Canada (apparently, the only country around that cares about the war of 1812) that made me think I could read this. Nonetheless, I think I got a wee bit out of the first couple chapters. I thought it was written just fine. But, again, just not my cup of tea.


    6. I was hoping for the story of the war of 1812 - this was the opinions of all the people who participated in the war of 1812. Good for what it was, but not a favorite. Interesting take on an important historical event and made me think about things a little differently.


    7. Acceptable, but perhaps overly top down view, which I complain of only because there are others which accomplish the same. Otherwise a fine and sturdy accounting.


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