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Awarded for Valour: A History of the Victoria Cross and the Evolution of British Heroism: A History of the Victoria Cross and the Evolution of the ... (Studies in Military and Strategic History) Hardcover – 23 Jun 2008

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  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: AIAA; 2008 edition (23 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230547052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230547056
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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'A fascinating study of the construction of heroism and martial virtue refracted through the evolution of the Victoria Cross. Smith analyses the complex interactions between civilian culture, governmental and military policy and the advent of industrial warfare in determining the standards of heroism required for the highest formal recognition. Along the way he reveals much about the evolution of the British Army, especially between the Crimean and the end of the Great War, and of the expectations held of it by government, public and its own members. Highly recommended.' - Professor Jeffrey Grey, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, Australia.

'Dr Smith has produced an interesting and important book that has done much to rescue the history of the VC from the attentions of amateur historians.' - Contemporary British History

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The most comprehensive history of heroism and 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

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