Hero of the Empire

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Hero of the Empire

Hero of the Empire

The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill

  • Author: Candice Millard
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • ISBN: 0307948781
  • Category: History
  • Page: 416
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A thrilling narrative of Winston Churchill's extraordinary and little-known exploits during the Boer War. Churchill arrived in South Africa in 1899, valet and crates of vintage wine in tow, there to cover the brutal colonial war the British were fighting with Boer rebels. But just two weeks after his arrival Churchill was taken prisoner ... The story of his escape is incredible enough, but then Churchill enlisted, returned to South Africa, fought in several battles, and ultimately liberated the men with whom he had been imprisoned. Hero of Empire is more than an adventure story, for the lessons Churchill took from the Boer War would profoundly affect twentieth-century history.

Heroes of Empire

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Heroes of Empire

Heroes of Empire

Five Charismatic Men and the Conquest of Africa

  • Author: Edward Berenson
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520234278
  • Category: History
  • Page: 360
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Examines, through the lives of five important English and French figures, the history of the exploration and colonization of Africa between 1870 and 1914, and the role the mass media played in promoting colonial conquest.

Soldier Heroes

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Soldier Heroes

Soldier Heroes

British Adventure, Empire and the Imagining of Masculinities

  • Author: Graham Dawson
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135089442
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 368
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Soldier Heroes explores the imagining of masculinities within adventure stories. Drawing on literary theory, cultural materialism and Kleinian psychoanalysis, it analyses modern British adventure heroes as historical forms of masculinity originating in the era of nineteenth-century popular imperialism, traces their subsequent transformations and examines the way these identities are internalized and lived by men and boys.

Heroes of Empire

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Heroes of Empire

Heroes of Empire

The British Imperial Protagonist in America, 1596-1764

  • Author: Richard Frohock
  • Publisher: University of Delaware Press
  • ISBN: 9780874138795
  • Category: History
  • Page: 227
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Over the past decade, literary scholars have become increasingly engaged with colonial studies and have fashioned various points of focus in their investigations of imperialist narratives, including the figure of woman, cannibalism, the romance of the first encounter, and the tropicopolitan. This book builds on existing work by offering a new focal point: the evolution of the British imperial hero in America from Sir Walter Ralegh's Discoverie of... Guiana (1596) to James Grainger's The Sugar Cane (1764), with concentration on narratives produced between the year of Cromwell's Western Design (1655) and the British raid on Cartegena (1741). Each individual chapter isolates a distinct type of colonial hero, furnishing examples from a wide variety of narratives, including some nonfiction essays and tracts, but chiefly novels, plays, and poems.

The Epic of Askia Mohammed

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The Epic of Askia Mohammed

The Epic of Askia Mohammed

  • Author: Nouhou Malio,Mounkaila Maiga
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • ISBN: 9780253209900
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 88
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Askia Mohammed is the most famous leader in the history of the Songhay Empire, which reached its apogee during his reign in 1493-1528. Songhay, approximately halfway between the present-day cities of Timbuktu in Mali and Niamey in Niger, became a political force beginning in 1463, under the leadership of Sonni Ali Ber. By the time of his death in 1492, the foundation had been laid for the development under Askia Mohammed of a complex system of administration, a well-equipped army and navy, and a network of large government-owned farms. The present rendition of the epic was narrated by the griot (or jeseré) Nouhou Malio over two evenings in Saga, a small town on the Niger River, two miles downstream from Niamey. The text is a word-for-word translation from Nouhou Malio's oral performance.

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • Author: Edward Gibbon
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Byzantine Empire
  • Page: N.A
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Sons of the Empire

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Sons of the Empire

Sons of the Empire

  • Author: Robert Macdonald,Robert H MacDonald, Ed.
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • ISBN: 1442613130
  • Category: History
  • Page: 284
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In "Sons of the Empire," Robert MacDonald explores popular ideas and myths in Edwardian Britain, their use by Baden-Powell, and their influence on the Boy Scout movement. In particular, he analyses the model of masculinity provided by the imperial frontier, the view that life in younger, far-flung parts of the empire was stronger, less degenerate than in Britain. The stereotypical adventurer - the frontiersman - provided an alternative ethic to British society. The best known example of it at the time was Baden-Powell himself, a war scout, the Hero of Mafeking in the South African war, and one of the first cult heroes to be created by the modern media. When Baden-Powell founded the Boy Scouts in 1908, he used both the power of the frontier myth and his own legend as a hero to galvanize the movement. The glamour of war scouting was hard to resist, its adventures a seductive invitation to the first recruits. But Baden-Powell had a serious educational program in mind: Boy Scouts were to be trained in good citizenship. MacDonald documents his study with a wide range of contemporary sources, from newspapers to military memoirs. Exploring the genesis of an imperial institution through its own texts, he brings new insight into the Edwardian age.

British Culture and the End of Empire

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British Culture and the End of Empire

British Culture and the End of Empire

  • Author: Stuart Ward
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • ISBN: 9780719060489
  • Category: History
  • Page: 241
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The demise of the British Empire in the three decades following the Second World War is a theme that has been well traversed in studies of post-war British politics, economics and foreign relations. Yet there has been strikingly little attention to the question of how these dramatic changes in Britain's relationships with the wider world were reflected in British culture. This volume addresses this central issue, arguing that the social and cultural impact of decolonisation had as significant an effect on the imperial centre as on the colonial periphery. Far from being a matter of indifference or resigned acceptance as is often suggested, the fall of the British Empire came as a profound shock to the British national imagination, and resonated widely in British popular culture.

Mistborn

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Mistborn

Mistborn

The Final Empire - The Well of Ascension - The Hero of Ages

  • Author: Brandon Sanderson
  • Publisher: Gollancz
  • ISBN: 9780575118560
  • Category: Fantasy fiction, American
  • Page: 1000
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A boxed set of the landmark fantasy from Brandon Sanderson, the man credited with breathing fresh life into Robert Jordan's WHEEL OF TIME. An epic fantasy set in a world where the Dark Lord has gained dominion over the world. A world of ash and pain. A world subjugated. But a world where magic can be drawn from metals. A world waiting for a new heroine, a new hope. A word of mouth bestseller in the USA Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy have now become a massive hit in the UK, introducing readers to the work of one of the genre's great talents. A master of world building, sweeping plots, believable characters and engrossing magic systems.

Murder, Mutiny & Mayhem

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Murder, Mutiny & Mayhem

Murder, Mutiny & Mayhem

The Blackest-Hearted Villains from Irish History

  • Author: Joe O'Shea
  • Publisher: The O'Brien Press
  • ISBN: 1847175317
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 256
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The Blackest-Hearted Villains from Irish History The Irish are celebrated at home and abroad as explorers, freedom fighters and great writers and artists, but for every Tom Crean, Bernardo O'Higgins or James Joyce, there is a Hugh Gough, Antoine Walsh or Luke Ryan. This book is about the Irish slavers, grave-robbers, duellists, conmen, drug-lords and killers who wreaked havoc around the world … Includes Beauchamp Bagenal from Carlow, an eighteenth-century duellist, hell-raiser, heart-breaker Burke & Hare grave-robbers turned murderers who supplied cadavers to the medical schools of nineteenth-century Edinburgh Antoine Walsh from Kilkenny who amassed huge fortunes in the French slave trade Luke Ryan, a pirate & buccaneer born in Rush in 1750 Sir Hugh Gough, a Limerick man who commanded the British troops in the first Opium war against China James ‘Sligo’ Jameson who was rumoured to have fallen into madness and cannibalism in the Congo in 1888 … and many more!