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Education and Catastrophe Education and Catastrophe <i>The War and the World</i>

Simon J. James

in Maps of Utopia

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199606597
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738517 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606597.003.0005
Education and Catastrophe Education and Catastrophe The War and the World

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In spite of its meliorist tendencies, Wells’s work also contains a strongly pessimistic strain, and frequently stages scenes of warfare and violent destruction. The War in the Air predicts an aerial war with Germany, and once the Great War actually came to pass, Wells became even more convinced that the world had to adopt his ideas, or civilization would perish. The creation of a world state would end warfare between nation states, and after the First World War Wells campaigned for the teaching in schools of the universal teaching of humanity’s common origin over national histories; and he co-wrote the textbooks that would establish a global commonwealth. Seeking a larger audience still, Wells also collaborated on the film Things to Come, a future history that sees utopia arising after a destructive World War.

Keywords: First World War; world state; history; world history; cinema; modernism; war in literature

Chapter.  18158 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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