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Titanic: A Night Remembered

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In a night of unforgettable tragedy, the world's most famous liner struck an iceberg on 14 April 1912 and sank. Over 1500 people died. Whose fault it was, and how the passengers and crew reacted, has been the subject of continuing dispute over the 100 years since the disaster. This is an account of Titanic's tragic maiden voyage which also focuses on some of those who died: among them Titanic's captain Edward Smith and builder Thomas Andrews, John Jacob Astor, the richest man on board, and the bandmaster, Wallace...

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Overview

In a night of unforgettable tragedy, the world's most famous liner struck an iceberg on 14 April 1912 and sank. Over 1500 people died. Whose fault it was, and how the passengers and crew reacted, has been the subject of continuing dispute over the 100 years since the disaster. This is an account of Titanic's tragic maiden voyage which also focuses on some of those who died: among them Titanic's captain Edward Smith and builder Thomas Andrews, John Jacob Astor, the richest man on board, and the bandmaster, Wallace Hartley, who played as the ship sank. In this centenary edition Stephanie Barczewski traces the events of that fatal night. Many of those who died were treated as heroes and how these men were remembered says much about contemporary values of manhood, chivalry and national pride. Titanic: A Night Remembered also sets the liner in the context of three ports: Belfast, where she was built; Southampton, which lost 600 citizens as members of her crew; and Queenstown in Ireland, her last port of call.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In her carefully constructed account of the Titanic's last night and her consideration of the meaning of the Titanic story in its local contexts, Barczewski (history, Clemson Univ.) goes well beyond Richard Howells's 1999 The Myth of the Titanic. "What continues to compel our interest in the Titanic story," Barczewski suggests, "is that at its heart it is a story that reminds us of our limitations." In telling the stories of ten of the more than 1500 people who lost their lives in the disaster, Barczewski considers not only the facts of the tragedy but also its resonances-which still have the power to generate "a deluge of Titanic-related books, songs, television documentaries . . . in a variety of languages for a variety of audiences around the globe." Especially notable are Barczewski's analyses of the impact of the disaster upon the three locations closely related to the Titanic: Belfast, where the ship was constructed; Southampton, the Titanic's embarkation port; and Queenstown, the ship's final port of call, on the morning of April 11, 1912. Recommended for large public libraries with an ongoing interest in studies of disasters at sea.-Robert C. Jones, formerly with Central Missouri State Univ., Warrensburg Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441161697
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 2/9/2012
  • Edition description: 100th Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

A specialist in modern British cultural history, Stephanie Barczewski is Professor of History at Clemson University in South Carolina, USA, where she has taught since 1996. In 2005 she became Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities at Clemson. She is the author of numerous books.

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Table of Contents

Introduction \ 1. What Have We Struck? \ 2. The Best Traditions of the Sea \ 3. Heroes and Villains \ 4. Jack Phillips \ 5. Wallace Hartley \ 6. Thomas Andrews \ 7. Edward Smith \ 8. William Murdoch \ 9. Belfast \ 10. Southampton \ 11. Queenstown \ Epilogue \ Appendices \ Index.

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