Tecumseh and Brock: The War of 1812

Tecumseh and Brock: The War of 1812

by James Laxer


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At the turn of the nineteenth century, the British Empire is at the height of its ascendancy; Napoleonic France is struggling to maintain its position as a world power; and the incumbent American empire is quickly expanding its territory, while the Native peoples struggle to establish their own confederacy, their own independent nation.
Bestselling author, historian, political scientist, and scholar James Laxer offers a fresh and compelling view of this decisive war — which historians have long treated as a second American revolution — by bringing to life the Native struggle for nationhood and sovereignty; the battle between the British Empire and the United States over Upper and Lower Canada; and finally, at the heart of it, the unlikely friendship and political alliance of two towering figures of history: Tecumseh, the Shawnee chieftain and charismatic leader of the Native confederacy, and Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, protector and defender of the British Empire.
Highly engaging and impeccably researched, Tecumseh and Brock is a powerful work of history, an epic story of empires and emerging nations, of politics and power, and of two leaders whose legacy still lives on today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887842610
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
Publication date: 06/05/2012
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.86(w) x 8.58(h) x 1.14(d)

About the Author

James Laxer is the bestselling and award-winning author of nineteen books, including Stalking the Elephant: My Discovery of America (published by the New Press in New York as Discovering America ) and The Border: Canada, the U.S. and Dispatches from the Forty-ninth Parallel. A professor of political science at York University in Toronto and one of Canada’s leading political thinkers, Laxer is frequently consulted for commentary on current national and global issues by the media. He lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Introduction: Two Wars in One 1

Chapter 1 Tecumseh, the Shooting Star 7

Chapter 2 A Warrior's Odyssey 29

Chapter 3 A New Power 45

Chapter 4 Isaac Brock and the Defence of the Canadas 61

Chapter 5 Showdown 77

Chapter 6 The Prophet 95

Chapter 7 Brock on the Eve of War 109

Chapter 8 The United States Declares War on Great Britain 123

Chapter 9 Two Warriors 143

Chapter 10 The Capture of Fort Detroit 149

Chapter 11 Death of the General if 163

Chapter 12 York in Flames 179

Chapter 13 Tecumseh's Last Days 195

Chapter 14 The Creek War 211

Chapter 15 Out of the Furnace of War, an Upper Canadian Identity 229

Chapter 16 Bloody Niagara 247

Chapter 17 Rockets' Red Glare 257

Chapter 18 American Victories at Lake Champlain and New Orleans 279

Chapter 19 The Treaty of Ghent 293

Epilogue: Two Mysteries 297

Notes 303

Select Bibliography 329

Acknowledgements 341

Index 343

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