Heroic Failure and the British

Heroic Failure and the British

Hardback (02 Feb 2016)

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Synopsis

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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780300180060
Publisher: Yale University Press
Imprint: Yale University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 941
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: x, 267 , 32 unnumbered of plates
Weight: 672g
Height: 168mm
Width: 242mm
Spine width: 30mm