Awarded For Valour: A History of the Victoria Cross and the Evolution of the British Concept of…

Hardcover | July 15, 2008

byMelvin Charles Smith

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Based on primary source research, Awarded for Valour is the most comprehensive history of the Victoria Cross available, tracing the evolution of the award from its inception in 1856 to the most recent bestowals in the twenty-first century. The study examines the evolution of the concept of heroism as well, analyzing the nature of the acts that won the VC and how the definition of heroism changed along with the nature of warfare.

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Based on primary source research, Awarded for Valour is the most comprehensive history of the Victoria Cross available, tracing the evolution of the award from its inception in 1856 to the most recent bestowals in the twenty-first century. The study examines the evolution of the concept of heroism as well, analyzing the nature of the a...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.49 × 6.35 × 0.9 inPublished:July 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230547052

ISBN - 13:9780230547056

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Forgotten Hero * The Hero in Victorian Popular Mythology. * The Institutionalization of Heroism in Britain * Teething Problems, 1856-1867 * Big Implications from Small Wars: The Imperial Vision of Heroism, 1860-1904 * Fifty Years On: A Half Century of Heroism * 1914: The Last Stand of the Thin Red Line * The Middle Parts of Fortune: The Evolution of Heroism, 1915-1916 * Heroism Emerges from the Great War, 1917-1918 * The Hero Comes Home From the War: The Institutionalization of Modern Heroism * Conclusion: The New Hero in Action, 1940-2007 * Appendix: The Victoria Cross Warrants * Bibliography