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Parliamentary Debates & Reports (1871-1914)

The following extracts of parliamentary business are taken from Hansard and other public records. [Extracts contain Parliamentary information licensed under the Open Parliament Licence v3.0.] House Commons Debate, 14th May 1901. ARMY ORGANISATION Sir John Colomb: I hope the House will appreciate the difficulty in which this ruling of the Chair has placed me. This resolution is one with which I disagree for reasons which I am not allowed to give. I would point out that this Army reform, being a development of the new departure of policy in 1871, is to continue a policy that expends vast sums upon ...
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Shiel, M.P. (1898) The Yellow Danger – Contemporary Review

Shiel, M.P. (1898) The Yellow Danger - Contemporary Review, The Academy Supplement, July 30, 1898 The taste for prophetic fiction is acquired. Those who follow the advice of Sidney Smith and “take short views" will have none of it, and even others who find pleasure and excitement therein are bound to admit that the novelist is gaining his effects by something less than the best or most legitimate means. But leaving art out of the question, it is not possible to withhold commendation from Mr. Shiel. If this kind of romance is to be written, his certainly, is a good ...
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Sidney Theodore Felstead (1920) in German Spies at Bay – Being an Actual Record of the German Espionage in Great Britain during the years 1914-1918

Sidney Theodore Felstead (1920) German Spies at Bay - Being an Actual Record of the German Espionage in Great Britain during the years 1914-1918, compiled from official sources PREFACE The late war has been unprecedented for many reasons, one of which is the large number of memoirs written by the sailors and soldiers who actually controlled the naval and military destinies of their respective nations. Such a proceeding is in vivid contrast to the past, and the effect of this frankness is likely to exercise a curious result on wars of the future. Whether that influence will be good or ...
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Sir F.B. Head (1850) The defenceless state of Great Britain

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 Great Britain (1850) by Sir Francis Head. There, in "Part IV: On the Capture of London by a French Army," the author described the course of a French landing, their advance, and their successful attack on London. His analysis posed serious communication problems: the text ...
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