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Historian suggests War of 1812 reading

The War of 1812 was a turning point in Canadian, American and First Nations histories, says Marshall Bastable, yet, like the recent war in Afghanistan, deciding how to remember and commemorate it is a problem.

“Much attention is given to which side won, but there are other important questions too,” says Dr. Bastable, a sessional instructor in the history department. “How did the various people at the time see the war? Was it a popular war? Was it a civil war? Was it glorious or a war full of terrible suffering and atrocities?”

He suggests five books that will help readers make those judgments and that show how fascinating and important the War of 1812 remains.

More details are available on the Leddy Library Web site.

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