Category Archives: General Invasion topics

Populism, Plutocracy, and the Destruction of New York: Ignatius Donnelly and the Politics of ‘Caesar’s Column’

We are delighted to share this piece by Invasion Network member Antony Taylor (Sheffield Hallam). It is based on a paper first delivered at the ‘War of the Worlds’ workshop in Lancaster (September 2017). — Before Los Angeles was routinely … Continue reading

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Late Nineteenth Century Invasion Panics and the problem of ‘Public Opinion’

This post by Peter Keeling (University of Kent) is adapted from a paper delivered at the recent Social History Society Conference in Lancaster, as part of the ‘Popular Invasion Scares’ panel. pmk22@kent.ac.uk —- In 1883 the Liberal journalist Sir Francis … Continue reading

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Invasion Network Panel at the Social History Society Conference 2016

I am delighted to report that three members of the network will be speaking at the Social History Society annual conference at Lancaster University next week (21-23 March). The panel details and abstracts are included below. Please make an effort … Continue reading

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Colonial authors and invasion fiction

Christian Melby’s account of how invasion fiction portrays all four official nineteenth century British nationalities – English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh – as being inextricably bound to each other in the context of future armed conflict fits well with my … Continue reading

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The Perils of Expertise

This piece by Harry Wood (University of Liverpool) comes to the Invasion Network from the archive of his research blog Island Mentalities. Originally posted 14th January 2015. — Although Edwardian invasion-scare fiction was written by people from a range of … Continue reading

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The Conquest of England (and Those Other Nations)

This short piece by Christian Melby (King’s College London) originally appeared on the Four Nations History Network blog, a research community based at KCL. A link to the original post is provided below. — When the French finally, in the … Continue reading

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Master of Misinformation: William Le Queux, Invasion Scares and Spy Fever, 1880-1930

Trinity College Dublin, 9th June 2015 The inaugural Invasion Network conference ‘Master of Misinformation’ focused on the unusual life, literary output, and cultural legacy of the British author William Le Queux. Held at Trinity College Dublin in early-June 2015, the event … Continue reading

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