Quantitative Analysis – Papers

A quantitative approach to the analysis of Britain’s enemies and allies in invasion literature of the period 1871-1914.

A paper prepared for the ‘War of the Worlds: Transnational Fears of Invasion and Conflict 1870-1933’ Conference, Lancaster, 7th September 2017 Abstract There has been considerable recent interest in Invasion Literature in both academic and popular studies. These do tend, however, to relate individual works or specific author's output to contemporary diplomatic, military and political events and to popular fears. However, there has been little in the way of an overall quantitative assessment of the enemies and allies of Britain in the literature. This paper addresses this gap by presenting the author’s analysis of a database of works of Invasion ...
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Have academic studies of Victorian and Edwardian invasion literature significantly under-represented the importance of Russia as a threat to Britain and its empire in popular literature between 1871 and 1914?

An Essay by Derek Linney, December 2015 Invasion literature proliferated between 1871, with the publication of The Battle of Dorking, and the beginning of the First World War. The genre was initially precipitated by concerns over the threat posed by the newly consolidated Germany and its success in the Franco-German war of 1870. However, for much of the period up until the early 1900s, Britain’s potential enemies were identified as its imperial rivals of France and Russia. From 1900 Germany started to feature again as a major threat in the popular literature, for example with the publication in 1903 of ...
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