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This book shows that imperial heroism was a phenomenon to be reckoned with when it comes to British and French popular cultures from the late nineteenth century onwards. The concept of 'hero-makers' is pivotal in reflecting the variety of stakeholders who contributed to the development of heroic myths linked to the empire at a time when the media became a fundamental structural component of heroizing processes. Late nineteenth-century imperial heroes rose to prominence in the era of the second Industrial Revolution, at the very moment when the wave of 'New Imperialism' took place, pushed forward by technological advancement and increased international rivalry. Britain and France offer an excellent parallel view of the phenomenon of mass-mediatized 'imperial heroes' at the time when Europe seemed intent upon swallowing the rest of the world.

Heroic imperialists in Africa

The promotion of British and French colonial heroes, 1870–1939

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