Hitsman/Incredible War of 1812
A 4 page book review on The Incredible War of 1812 (1965) by J. Mackay Hitsman, a classic text on this subject. Hitsman's scholarship is detailed as he accessed an extensive list of primary sources in Canada, Great Britain and the US. He offers historical fact within the cultural context of the era, offering insight into the causes of the conflict, as well as the strategic thinking on both sides. In 1812, a state of war existed between Great Britain and the United States, which thirty years previously had concluded its war for independence. But while it was the US and Great Britain that were at war, it was Canada that became the inadvertent battleground. This review focuses on the role of Canadian general Sir George Prevost. No additional sources cited.