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By Mark Zuehlke

Within the culture of Margaret MacMillan’s Paris 1919 comes a brand new attention of Canada’s most famed battle and the Treaty of Ghent that unsatisfactorily concluded it, from certainly one of this country’s greatest army historians.

In the Canadian mind's eye, the warfare of 1812 looms huge. It used to be a battle during which British and Indian troops prevailed in just about all of the battles, within which the americans have been not able to carry any of the land they fought for, within which a tender lady named Laura Secord raced over the Niagara peninsula to warn of yankee plans for assault (though how she knew hasn't ever been discovered), and during which Canadian troops burned down the White condo. Competing American claims insist to this present day that, actually, it used to be they who have been triumphant.

But the place does the reality lie? someplace within the heart, as is printed during this significant new reconsideration from one in all Canada’s grasp historians. Drawing on never-before-seen archival fabric, Zuehlke paints a colourful photograph of the war’s significant battles, vividly re-creating existence within the trenches, the scary daily manoeuvring on land and sea, and the dramatic negotiations within the Flemish urban of Ghent that introduced the conflict to an unsatisfactory finish for either side. by means of concentrating on the fraught dispute within which British and American diplomats quarrelled as a lot among themselves as with their adversaries, Zuehlke conjures the compromises and backroom bargains that yielded conventions resonating in family members among the USA and Canada to this very day.

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