Literary & Social Culture

Trotter, D. (1993) The English Novel in History 1895 – 1920

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David Trotter (1993) The English Novel in History 1895 – 1920, London, Routledge While covering a much wider spectrum than just invasion-scare fiction Trotter’s book provides an interesting context of literature and society within which the invasion-scare/future war genre sits. He especially covers the growth of spy fiction in the period 1900-1914. Written specifically for […]

Literary & Social Culture

MacKenzie, J. (ed) (1986) Imperialism and Popular Culture

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John MacKenzie (ed) (1986) Imperialism and Popular Culture, Manchester University Press Whilst not specific to invasion literature this book contains a series of papers related to the portrayal of empire in popular culture includeing art and music-hall. In particular, it includes a paper discussing juvenile fiction by J.S. Bratton: ‘Of England, Home, and duty: the […]

Literary & Social Culture

MacKenzie, J. (1984) Propaganda and Empire

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John MacKenzie (1984) Propaganda and Empire – The Manipulation of British Public Opinion, 1880-1960, Manchester University Press Like Imperialism and Popular Culture, this work by MacKenzie covers a wider gamut of public opinion than just invasion literature but it does provide a backdrop against which the reaction to invasion scare stories can be assessed. In […]

Literary & Social Culture

Kennedy, P. (1980) The Rise of Anglo-German Antagonism

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Paul Kennedy (1980) The Rise of Anglo-German Antagonism, London, George Allen & Unwin (publishers) Ltd. The growing rivalry between Great Britain and Germany before the First World War has long been regarded by historians as one of the major events of that era. For the first time the masses of archival material and private papers […]

Diplomatic and Miltary Background

The Airship Scare of 1909

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There was a rash of scares reported in the press during 1909. This has been documented by: Alfred M. Gollin, ‘England Is No Longer an Island: The Phantom Airship Scare of 1909’, Albion: A Quarterly Journal Concerned with British Studies, Vol. 13, No. 1 (Spring, 1981), pp. 43-57  [Jstor] David Clarke in an article ‘Scareships […]

History of Espionage

Spy Fever: The Post Office Affair

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Margaret Tait Flaws, Spy Fever: The Post Office Affair, Shetland Times Ltd (14 Mar. 2009) At the beginning of the First World War, stories of spies abounded throughout the British Isles. It was in this atmosphere that the entire staff of the Lerwick Post Office was marched off to prison and incarcerated for almost a […]

Literary & Social Culture

Coverage in Current Media

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Apart from occasional references to The Riddle of the Sands there is generally very little written today about the Invasion Literature of the late 19C / Early 20C. One exception was an article in the Sunday Express on 18th May 2014 as part of its World War One Centenary coverage. The print edition title was […]

Literary & Social Culture

Ramsden, John, Don’t Mention the War

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John Ramsden (2006), Don’t Mention the War – The British and the Germans since 1890, London, Little, Brown While this book covers attitudes towards Germany and the Germans from 1890 through the 20C it has a chapter that focuses on the period prior to the First World War that discusses the impact on Invasion and […]