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Titanic: A Night Remembered
     

Titanic: A Night Remembered

by Stephanie Barczewski
 

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In a Night of unforgettable tragedy, the Titanic, the world's largest liner on its maiden voyage, struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11.40 p.m. on 14 April 1912 and sank at 2.20 a.m. the following morning. Over 1500 people died. Whose fault it was, and how the passengers and crew reacted, has been a subject of dispute ever since the first news of the disaster

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In a Night of unforgettable tragedy, the Titanic, the world's largest liner on its maiden voyage, struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11.40 p.m. on 14 April 1912 and sank at 2.20 a.m. the following morning. Over 1500 people died. Whose fault it was, and how the passengers and crew reacted, has been a subject of dispute ever since the first news of the disaster broke. Titanic: A Night Remembered tells the story of the ship and its only voyage. It also includes biographies of six 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. Stephanie Barczewski traces their lives and careers and what brought all of them together on that fatal night. Many of those who died were treated as heroes (in contrast to men such as J. Bruce Ismay and Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon, who used their influence to get places in lifeboats). Titanic is also the story of the ship's relationship with the place where it was built, Belfast, and with the ports it visited: Southampton, Cherbourg and Queenstown.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781852854348
Publisher:
Bloomsbury UK
Publication date:
05/07/2004
Product dimensions:
6.35(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.30(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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