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The Enemy Within and the Enemy beyond the Seas

Edited by I. F. Clarke

in The Great War with Germany, 1890-1940

Published by Liverpool University Press

Published in print January 1997 | ISBN: 9780853236320
Published online May 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781781380789 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5949/liverpool/9780853236320.003.0004
The Enemy Within and the Enemy beyond the Seas

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The first year of the twentieth century saw the emergence of the new myth of the coming war between Britain and Germany. Two stories, Die Abrechnung mit England and Wehrlos zur Se, predicted that the British would be the primary target in the future war. The Campaign of Douai (1899) describes the role of Germany in the Anglo-German war against Russia and France, while The New Battle of Dorking (1901) warns of the danger of a surprise raid by the French. London's Peril (1900) and Pro Patria (1901) detail a French plan to invade England using a secret tunnel under the Channel. In 1901, Louis Tracy returned to future-war fiction with an original contribution to the idea of ‘the enemy within’, but the most notorious of all the future-war stories is William Le Queux's The Invasion of 1910 (1906).

Keywords: future war; Britain; Germany; Battle of Dorking; Louis Tracy; future-war fiction; William Le Queux; Invasion of 1910; France; Russia

Chapter.  31794 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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