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English Historical Review: Women and children first? The enduring myths of the Titanic

12 April 2012

On the OUPblog, Sarah Gregson, author of a new paper in The English Historical Review, examines the enduring myths about the infamous sinking of the Titanic.

"It is often said of military wars that the first casualty is truth. As we approach the centenary of the sinking of RMS Titanic and the war of ideas that often surrounds this tragedy, it is to be hoped that the truth will at least take a few prisoners. Titanic myths have had extraordinary longevity and, as Cox put it, ‘virtually everything that people know, or think they know … can be traced to the press coverage of April-August 1912’. In the lead up to the centenary, however, perhaps some commentators will read some of the work that has been done to challenge these misconceptions."

Read the full blog post: Women and children first? The enduring myths of the Titanic

Read the paper: Women and Children First? The Administration of Titanic Relief in Southampton, 1912–59 (free online for a limited time)