- Series: Studies in Military and Strategic History
- Hardcover: 281 pages
- Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2008 edition (July 15, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230547052
- ISBN-13: 978-0230547056
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,039,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Awarded for Valour: A History of the Victoria Cross and the Evolution of British Heroism (Studies in Military and Strategic History) 2008th Edition
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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
About the Author
MELVIN CHARLES SMITH has taught at a variety of institutions, holding appointments at West Carolina University, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, the United States Millitary Academy at West Point, and Texas A&M International University. He is currently in a tenure-track position with the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky, USA.
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1) It is primarily a collection of excerpts from VC citations cobbled together. The author's primary contribution is a series statistics outlining the percentage of officer vs. enlisted awardees.
2) There is a subtle contempt which permeates the whole work. The author constantly second-guesses the men he discusses. Phrases like "he would have been better off helping the wounded" indicate not only the author's lack of respect for them, but a kind of academic hubris.
Do not buy this book.