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Half-Hearted Enemies: Nova Scotia, New England and the War of 1812 Paperback – May 6 2005

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"This is not only marvelous socical history, it is also the best account of the War of 1812 from a Maritime perspective." (Bill Twatio esprit de corps)

"The most unusual and compelling aspect of Half-Hearted Enemies, beyond the well-told stories of land and sea battles, is the fact that great efforts were made to maintain normal peacetime relations between Nova Scotia and New England during the War of 1812." (Bruce Erskine The Chronicle Hearld)

"John Boileau explores the complexities of families and neighbours at war. Overall, a most revealing an valuable review." (BIO-Oceans Association Newsletter)

"[Boileau] has a neat way of summing up events with short, insightful observations. . . . [A] lively, readable book." (Jim Lotz Canadian Military History Book Review Supplement)

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JOHN BOILEAU is a retired Canadian army colonel and author of ten books and nearly 300 articles. He is a frequent commentator on military issues for radio and television and a lecturer to service organizations and historical societies. In 2010 the Minister of National Defence appointed him Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the Halifax Rifles. He lives in Nova Scotia.

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Something I did not know about... Sept. 10 2011
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Nova Scotia and New England were not happy about the War of 1812. It cut into their trade and, frankly, friendships. While at war they tried to continue to trade and act peaceful towards each other. While American History classes taught me that New England wanted out of the war, those classes suggested it was just for profit. But this book makes it clear that there were other issues. Many people on both sides of the border were related - this was a war that was causing pain and damage to families and society. The book deals with daily life, garrison and prison life, the even the refugees that flowed into Nova Scotia in the form of freed slaves.
It brings more details, which I was not aware of, into the already complex events we call the War of 1812. A must for any history or military library. Allows us to see the cost of conflict and the impact on the home front.
I would also suggest The War of 1812 (The Chicago History of American Civilization) and The Dawn's Early Light (Maryland Paperback Bookshelf) if you wish to know about the War of 1812.