Contemporary Publications

Sir F.B. Head (1850) The defenceless state of Great Britain

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Sir Francis B Head (1793-1875) The defenceless state of Great Britain, 1850, Sir Francis Bond Head, John Murray, London A long, early book reviewing Britain’s readiness for war and its capabilities to resist invasion. I.f. Clarke comments: The nearest any of them ever came to fiction was a brief passage in The Defenseless State of […]

Other

1907, Bramah, E. , What Might Have Been

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Ernest Bramah, What Might Have Been, 1907. Abridged and rereleased as The Secret of the League in 1909. The secret of the league is a dystopian novel written by Ernest Bramah in 1907. It was first published as “What might have been: the story of a social war”, but later was republished in 1909 as […]

Diplomatic and Miltary Background

Morgan-Owen, D. (2017) The Fear of Invasion

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David Morgan-Owen , The Fear of Invasion: Strategy, Politics, and British War Planning, 1880-1914, OUP 2017 The Fear of Invasion presents a new interpretation of British preparation for War before 1914. It argues that protecting the British Isles from invasion was the foundation upon which all other plans for the defence of the Empire were […]

Biographies

Billings, H. (2005 & 2010) M.P. Shiel

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Harold Billings, M. P. Shiel: A Biography of His Early Years, 2005 and M. P. Shiel: the Middle Years, 2010 and An Ossuary of M.P. Shiel (2015) Biography of West Indian born British writer Matthew Phipps Shiel which focuses on his career as an author of serial fiction, supernatural short stories, and prophetic novels by […]

Future Fantasy

1871, J.W.M. , The Coming Cromwell

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J.W.M. (1871) The Coming Cromwell. Set in a Near Future Britain in which the eponymous military and political leader conquers the monarchist northlands of Britain on behalf of the republican south, overturning the German monarchy as well en passant. [SFE]

Mainstream Invasion Literature

1929, Gibbons, F. , The Red Napoleon

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Outside the main scope of this website but an interesting novel from 1929 that shows that invasion literature continued into the inter-war years. The Red Napoleon is a 1929 novel by Floyd Gibbons predicting a Soviet conquest of Europe and invasion of America. The novel contains strong racial overtones such as expressed fear of the […]

Mainstream Invasion Literature

1916, Dixon, T. , The Fall of a Nation

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Thomas Dixon, The Fall of a Nation: A Sequel to The Birth of a Nation, 1916 A warning story about an invasion of America by a prominent White Supremacist. The Fall of a Nation, a Sequel to The Birth of a Nation, is an invasion literature novel by Thomas Dixon Jr. Dixon described it as […]

Mainstream Invasion Literature

1906, Holt White, W. , The Earthquake

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W. Holt White, The Earthquake (1906). An earthquake & German invasion simultaneously hit London. In the early hours of September 8, 1907 , an earthquake of unprecedented power strikes London. Nelson’s Column topples over. St. Paul’s Cathedral is shaken to pieces. The Houses of Parliament subside into a great heap of rubble Westminster Abbey party […]

Mainstream Invasion Literature

1906, Vance, L.J & Edwards, H.C. , The Private War

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The Private War – Being the Truth about Gordon Traill – His Personal Statement by Louis Joseph Vance and H. C. Edwards, 1906, D. Appleton & Co An expose style account of mysterious confrontations with the German Navy in the North Sea that makes reference to the Dogger Bank Incident. Full text at: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=osu.32435075846964&view=2up&seq=8

Monographs

Bulfin, A. , 2018, Gothic Invasions

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Ailise Bulfin, Gothic Invasions, Imperialism, War and Fin-de-Siècle Popular Fiction, 2018, University of Wales Press What do tales of stalking vampires, restless Egyptian mummies, foreign master criminals, barbarian Eastern hordes and stomping Prussian soldiers have in common? As Gothic Invasions explains, they may all be seen as instances of invasion fiction, a paranoid fin-de-siècle popular […]