Heroic Failure And The British

Hardcover | March 22, 2016

byStephanie Barczewski

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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.

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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 helpe...

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.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:March 22, 2016Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300180063

ISBN - 13:9780300180060

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“A rollicking account of a moral quirk in British culture, one which can affect any powerful and aggressive nation.”—Books and Culture