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By Melvin Charles Smith

This can be the main considerate and well-researched monograph regarding the Victoria pass that i've got encountered. It totally explores the explanations for the construction of the award after which strains the shifts in standards for awarding the medal from its inception to the current day. It analyses the explanations for awarding the VC at numerous issues in historical past and opinions some of the army branches' awards bureaus for his or her viewpoints and factors. the writer has stuffed an important hole in British army scholarship. good performed.

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62 The ‘just cause’ rang as a clarion call through all these works. 63 Newbolt equated the extension of empire as the will of God, and invoked the blessings of Providence on the just cause: Remember, Lord, the years of faith, The spirits humbly brave, The strength that died defying death, The love that loved the slave: The race that strove to rule Thine earth With equal laws unbought: Who bore for Truth the pangs of birth, And brake the bonds of Thought. 65 The evolving concept of the heroic ideal during the Victorian Era is demonstrated by a comparison of Macaulay and Henty.

64 Others pressed for recognition of individual acts of valour; that the French were more progressive in their recognition of individual heroism was unacceptable to some readers: Sir, the attention of the public now being much directed to the proper mode of reporting those who distinguished themselves in the present war, it has occurred to me the very suitable mode would be by attaching to each of our great orders of Knighthood a new dignity by creating officers of the Orders of the Garter, Bath, Thistle, and Saint Patrick.

The Normans had their Tallifers, the Saxons their Herewards and the Celts their Warrior Queen; military virtues and the values of the hero had been common features of popular culture in the British Isles as long as there had been a population to cultivate these values. Why, then, did the British Government feel the need to institutionalize the hero in 1856? ’ In the case of the Victoria Cross the obvious answer is that it was created in recognition of the sacrifices made by the soldiers and sailors of the Crimean War.

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