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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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War Is Peace: Conscription and Mobilization in the Modern Utopia

War Is Peace: Conscription and Mobilization in the Modern Utopia

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(p.50) 3. War Is Peace: Conscription and Mobilization in the Modern Utopia
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Future Wars
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Patrick Parrinder

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846317552.003.0004

This chapter explores the modern utopia depicted in future-war fiction. It argues that it is a utopia of mobilization rather than a utopia of perfection, a land of massed marches and public spectacles, rather than a lotus-eater's paradise. Its egalitarianism shades into totalitarianism, however much individual utopian authors from Edward Bellamy to Ursula K. Le Guin may have tried to resist this conclusion. The analysis includes works such as of Bellamy's Looking Backward 2000–1887 (1888), D. H. Lawrence's Women in Love (1920), George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale (1985).

Keywords:   future-war fiction, modern utopia, totalitarianism, mobilization, egalitarianism, Edward Bellamy, D. H. Lawrence, George Orwell, Margaret Atwood

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