Alan Taylor


On his book The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, and Indian Allies

Cover Interview of November 14, 2010


The War of 1812 began as a second round of the revolution but it ended as a transition into a new era where the United States and the British had to coexist, however uneasily, along a more sharply defined boundary. Despite later boundary controversies and even cross-border raids by private adventurers, the two nations avoided another war.

Paradoxically, by producing a military stalemate, the War of 1812 reassured both sides that they could survive the presence of the other in a shared continent.  Canada and the United States took shape from the bitter experiences of a civil war in a shared borderland.

© 2010 Alan Taylor