- British: An annoying sideshow of the greater 20-some year war against the French Monarchy/Republic/Empire.
- American: A mystery war in which the British burned Washington, DC but we beat the British for a second time by winning at New Orleans.
- Canadian: A war which saw the birth of Canadian nationhood due to the joint efforts of French and English-speaking Canadians who turned back the second, but not last, invasion by the United States.
The Dominion Historic Institute, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and Parks Canada are co-hosting the War of 1812 website. The website features maps, learning resources, articles, and even a trivia game.
I recommend two books on the War of 1812 which do a great job showing the war's different perspectives. 1812: War the Forged a Nation (primarily American Perspective) and 1812: War with America (primarily a British and then Canadian perspective). I am also doing family research since various branches of my family where in New England and Canada at the time. So far it seems my family branches shared the point-of-view of many at the time that the war was bad for business and therefore stayed out of it.