The Third Alan Villiers Memorial Lecture 2013: The Naval War of 1812 in International Perspective

By John Hattendorf, published February 2013


The lecture provided an overview of scholarship as it stood as bicentenary celebrations were just beginning in 2012. At that point there remained a notable difference between American, British and Canadian historical interpretations about why this war was fought, what the effects were of military and naval operations, and to what extent such operations affected the ultimate political results. The lecture pointed out that the war was caused by long-term underlying irritations on both the British and American sides and that the results of military and naval operations during the war resulted in a stalemate that was eventually resolved by public opinion during the peace negotiations.

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