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Special Feature: The War of 1812

Well into the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, Canada's History is highlighting the documentaries, publications, events and historical research being released over the coming year.

War of 1812 re-enactors in Fanshawe


From the Battle of Queenston Heights to the burning of Washington to the little-known role of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, this series of videos hosted by Tim Compeau brings to life the major events of the conflict.


In early 1813 the New Brunswick 104th Regiment of Foot marched more than 1100 kilometers from Fredricton to Kingston in Ontario. Executive Director of the St. John River Society tells us about the event and its historical context in this podcast.


Twenty takes on a war that shaped Canada.


From books to films and comics to games — a list of resources to help excite and inform your students about 1812.


James Laxer, author of Tecumseh and Brock, discusses events of the war and the unlikely alliance between these two "warriors."


A diligent reader offers another artist's interpretation of images for Tecumseh and Brock.


What makes the Canadian War Museum’s new exhibition 1812: One War, Four Perspectives so fascinating? It forgoes simplistic approaches for a deeper, although necessarily not exhaustive, exploration of four different points of view. By Nancy Payne, Editor, Kayak


History Television's documentary investigates a lesser known event from the conflict, and follows archaeologists and historians as they seek new answers. Listen to our podcast interview with writer, director, and producer Mick Grogan.


The War of 1812 in many ways shaped the future of the continent. Canada's History Editor in Chief Mark Reid toured the Niagara Peninsula to visit many of the key battlefields that helped decide the course of the conflict.


Read a selection of writing by Isaac Brock, military leader and administrator of Upper Canada during the War of 1812. He wrote mostly about politics, current affairs, and military life.


A guide to the seven different regions in Ontario that have been commemorating the War of 1812 with special events, projects, and activities.


War of 1812The History Experts

PBS's The War of 1812 interviewed twenty-six leading authorities on the war — American, British, Canadian and First Nations historians — presenting important accounts and research. Find more of their works and websites.


War of 1812Behind the Scenes

The PBS documentary The War of 1812 uses stunning re-enactments, evocative animation, and incisive commentary of key experts to reveal little-known sides of an important war. You can watch the trailer, listen to an interview with director Larry Hott, and flip through our photo gallery.


War of 1812 — Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Fanshawe Pioneer Village in London, Ontario, has been stagind re-enactments of the War of 1812. The next one will be held October 4, 2014. See photos from the Grand Tactical re-enactment held on October 1st, 2011. The event featured hundreds of reenactors bringing the excitement of the time period back to life.

The Architect & the Lady

Francis Rattenbury, architect of the legislative buildings in Victoria, B.C., lived four decades in wealth and glory, but then his career fizzled and his life languished. It was only when dazzling Alma Pakenham stepped into his world that his fortunes changed. Or seemed to.

Love in Code

Canada’s fourth prime minister, John Thompson, and his wife Annie were so passionate about each other that their long separations fueled an erotic intensity that animated their written communications.

Love in Another World

Even in familiar surroundings, falling in love can be an otherworldly experience. Imagine how it must have been for those who fell in love—or wished they could—in what was, quite literally, another world.

A Victorian Kama Sutra

Though it may seem the sex manual found its beginning in Alex Comfort’s 1974 bestseller The Joy of Sex, sex guides have had a long, although often covert, publishing history.

The Case of the Chaste Adulteress

The 1913 marriage was never consummated, and so Thomas and Lillian Orford parted. Six years later, she tried to revive the marriage. He spurned her. She sued for alimony. Only proof of her adultery would free him from obligation. And he had proof: She had had a child by another man. But Lillian was unfazed. She had an explanation for that.

Ruined Maids and Fallen Women: Seduction and the Law

Back in the days when men were men and women were property, a court might try a cad. Particularly if dad was mad.

Controlling Customs

A young, beautiful, and virginal bride and groom paired in eternal troth is the usual stuff of love’s sweet dream. But a wakeful world knows better. Many lovers through history have stubbornly resisted social standards. And sometimes society has had to make accommodation.

Remembering the Bluenose

Iconic schooner sank in Caribbean seven decades ago.


One of the few women to have been accorded a place in the history of the Canadian North is Thanadelthur, better known as the Slave Woman.

The editor’s bookshelf - January 25, 2017

A selection of recently released Canadian history titles.

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