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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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How America's Fictions of Future War Have Changed the World

How America's Fictions of Future War Have Changed the World

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(p.32) 2: How America's Fictions of Future War Have Changed the World
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Future Wars
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H. Bruce Franklin

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846317552.003.0003

This chapter surveys American future-war fiction from 1880 to 1917. The American future-war fiction that emerged in the 1880s turned America's colonial history inside out, establishing what was to become a conventional pattern: the invasion of defenceless America by aliens from across the seas. By the end of the nineteenth century, American fiction had projected invasions or attacks by China, Spain, England, Japan and Russia, as well as genocidal uprisings by various non-white peoples inside the United States. In the first fifteen years of the twentieth century, still more invaders came — from Germany, France, Italy, Mexico and Africa. Since then, American culture has continued to imagine conquering hordes of assorted foreigners.

Keywords:   future-war fiction, war novels, American novels, cultural imagination, colonial history, invasion

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