Awarded for Valour

A History of the Victoria Cross and the Evolution of British Heroism

  • Melvin Charles Smith

Part of the Studies in Military and Strategic History book series (SMSH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 207-281

About this book


Based on primary source research, this is the most comprehensive history of the Victoria Cross available, tracing the evolution of the award from its inception in 1856 to the most recent bestowals. The study also examines the evolution of the concept of heroism and how the definition of heroism changed along with the nature of warfare.


bibliography Britain concept evolution Great Britain history history of literature nature Stand Victorian era warfare

Authors and affiliations

  • Melvin Charles Smith
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  1. 1.University of the CumberlandsUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2008
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-36136-6
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-58335-1
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