The Republic in Peril: 1812

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1971 - 242 pàgines

The increasingly bitter partisan struggle over domestic and foreign policy, exacerbated by the effects of the war between Great Britain and France, grew into a corrosive mutual distrust. Federalists doubted that the government could withstand the strains being placed upon it, and Republicans suspected Federalists of conspiring to institute another form of government.

Drawing on much new manuscript material, Professor Brown re-examines interpretations of the origins of the war that focus on sectional rivalries, the influence of warhawk congressmen, and the disruption of commerce. Analyzing the debate over the war question, he discusses the motives of the various individuals and groups, initial strategy and planning, and the role of the parties, the President, and Congress. He offers impressive new evidence that what spurred the Madison administration to declare war was the conviction that it must act decisively to halt the internal crumbling of confidence in the republican system, and to demonstrate to the nation and the world that the new republic would succeed.

 

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Continguts

Will Republicanism Prevail?
1
No Other Option
16
A Reluctant Majority
44
The Republic in Peril
67
The Trials of Preparation
88
By Land or by Sea?
108
Antiwar Republicans
131
This Wicked Foolish War
158
A Long Stride Towards Permanency
177
Bibliographical Note Letter
193
Notes
201
Index
237
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