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Future WarsThe Anticipations and the Fears$
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David Seed

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317552

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317224

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Future-War Fiction: The First Main Phase, 1871–19001

Future-War Fiction: The First Main Phase, 1871–19001

(p.9) 1. Future-War Fiction: The First Main Phase, 1871–19001
Future Wars

I.F. Clarke

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the development of future-war fiction from 1871–1900. In 1871, the combined forces of press, politics and population sparked a chain reaction of future-war stories which continued unabated until the outbreak of the First World War. From 1871 onwards not a year went by without the appearance of a tale of the war-to-come in Britain, France or Germany. As these tales of the war-to-come grew in numbers from the 1880s onwards, the range of their preoccupations expanded so that by the end of the nineteenth century a paradigm of military and political possibilities had come into existence both in Europe and in the United States.

Keywords:   future-war fiction, war stories, Britain, France, Germany, United States

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