UC Davis Professor Alan Taylor is on a speaking tour commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 on behalf of the United States Embassy in Canada. The Pulitzer-Prize winning historian will appear in Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto and Halifax between September 11 and 16.
“While Americans take little interest today in this conflict, it matters greatly to English-speaking Canadians as foundational to their national identity,” Taylor says, referring to the U.S. invasion of Canada and the borderlands struggle between New York and that nation.
His most recent book, The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies (2010), examines the political rupture of North America wrought by conflict between the American republic and the British Empire.
Taylor joined the UC Davis history faculty in 1994, and has since taught courses in early American history, the history of the American West, and the history of Canada.