A Student of History

February 9, 2012

War of 1812 and National Defense

Filed under: Canada,Early America,Wars — John Maass @ 9:09 am

My friend Dr. Michael Crawford over at the Navy’s history shop (formally, the Naval History and Heritage Command) recently gave a talk on the War of 1812, covered in this article at the DoD website.

An exerpt:

The War of 1812 was a watershed moment in the nation’s development of a strong national defense system, a military historian said this week, as it provided justification for building up the Navy and changed the nation’s attitude toward strengthening the central government.

Michael Crawford, a senior historian at the Naval History and Heritage Command, made that observation Feb. 7 during a “DOD Live” bloggers roundtable.

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