Heroic Failure And The British by Stephanie BarczewskiHeroic Failure And The British by Stephanie Barczewski

Heroic Failure And The British

byStephanie Barczewski

Hardcover | March 22, 2016

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From the Charge of the Light Brigade to Scott of the Antarctic and beyond, it seems as if glorious disaster and valiant defeat have been essential aspects of the British national character for the past two centuries. In this fascinating book, historian Stephanie Barczewski argues that Britain’s embrace of heroic failure initially helped to gloss over the moral ambiguities of imperial expansion. Later, it became a strategy for coming to terms with diminishment and loss. Filled with compelling, moving, and often humorous stories from history, Barczewski’s survey offers a fresh way of thinking about the continuing legacy of empire in British culture today.
Stephanie Barczewski is professor of history at Clemson University and the author of Titanic: A Night Remembered, among other books. She lives in Greenville, SC.
Title:Heroic Failure And The BritishFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:March 22, 2016Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300180063

ISBN - 13:9780300180060

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“An entertaining and well-written book.”—Jad Adams, History Today