The Battle of Dorking

Author: George Tomkyns Chesney

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1497691052

Category: Fiction

Page: 47

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Britain is under attack, and winning at Dorking is the only way the empire can be saved It is the late nineteenth century, and a country much like Germany is on the move in Europe. It has already beaten its rivals on the continent and mobilized to the Netherlands, provoking the fear of British citizens. Then the nation strikes. Its powerful weapons destroy the Royal Navy, and invasion cannot be far behind. Written as a hypothetical exercise to raise awareness among average British citizens about the potential danger that a resurgent Germany could pose, The Battle of Dorking earned its place in literary history as the forerunner to the invasion-novel genre, predating The War of the Worlds by almost twenty years. The novel’s drama, which culminates in a fight that will change the course of history forever, thrilled audiences when it was originally released as a serial, and it maintains its power today. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
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The Battle of Dorking

Author: George Tomkyns Chesney

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Imaginary wars and battles

Page: 79

View: 9267

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What Happened After the Battle of Dorking

Reminiscences of a Volunteer. Being an Account of the Victory at Tunbridge Wells

Author: Charles John Stone

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Imaginary wars and battles

Page: 58

View: 9469

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After the Battle of Dorking

Or, What Became of the Invaders!

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Imaginary wars and battles

Page: 23

View: 7047

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What Happened After the Battle of Dorking

Author: Charles John Stone

Publisher: BiblioBazaar, LLC

ISBN: 9780559932526

Category: History

Page: 60

View: 1818

This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.
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When William Came

A Story of London Under the Hohenzollerns

Author: Saki

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: London (England)

Page: 322

View: 626

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The Battle of Dorking 1871

With Introduction by G. H. Powell and Follow-Up the Lull Before Dorking

Author: George Tomkyns Chesney

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781483912202

Category:

Page: 120

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This fictitious invasion classic is introduced by G.H. Powell, and followed by "What Happened After The Battle of Dorking 1871" and the pamphlet "The Lull Before Dorking 1871." The Battle of Dorking: Britain is invaded by a country similar to Germany in this vivid account of troops marching across eastern England to the heart of London. George Tomkyns Chesney's classic, written after the Prussian victory in the Franco-Prussian War, led to the genre of invasion fiction and science fiction. The novel spawned copycat stories including What Happened After The Battle of Dorking and led to more serious debate about Britain's lack of preparedness for war in the House of Commons.
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The War of the Worlds

Author: Herbert George Wells

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science fiction

Page: 288

View: 6753

H.G. Wells's hugely influential book tracks the exploits of a writer who struggles to survive an alien invasion of Victorian England. After seeing the monstrous Martians firsthand, the narrator attempts to evade their destructive mechanized vehicles and must stay on the run to avoid detection. As he meets other desperate humans, he becomes increasingly pessimistic about any chance of survival. The novel stands as a major milestone in science-fiction literature, inspiring legions of subsequent writers and an endless array of hostile-alien scenarios.
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The Future of War

A History

Author: Lawrence Freedman

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 1610393066

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 2931

Questions about the future of war are a regular feature of political debate, strategic analysis, and popular fiction. Where should we look for new dangers? What cunning plans might an aggressor have in mind? What are the best forms of defense? How might peace be preserved or conflict resolved? From the French rout at Sedan in 1870 to the relentless contemporary insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan, Lawrence Freedman, a world-renowned military thinker, reveals how most claims from the military futurists are wrong. But they remain influential nonetheless. Freedman shows how those who have imagined future war have often had an idealized notion of it as confined, brief, and decisive, and have regularly taken insufficient account of the possibility of long wars-hence the stubborn persistence of the idea of a knockout blow, whether through a dashing land offensive, nuclear first strike, or cyberattack. He also notes the lack of attention paid to civil wars until the West began to intervene in them during the 1990s, and how the boundaries between peace and war, between the military, the civilian, and the criminal are becoming increasingly blurred. Freedman's account of a century and a half of warfare and the (often misconceived) thinking that precedes war is a challenge to hawks and doves alike, and puts current strategic thinking into a bracing historical perspective.
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The Great War in England in 1897

Author: William Le Queux

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Great Britain

Page: 330

View: 7847

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The Battle of Dorking

Reminiscenses of A Volunteer

Author: Volunteer (A, pseud. van George Tomkyns Chesney.),George Tomkyns Chesney

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Great Britain

Page: 64

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The Pity of War

Explaining World War I

Author: Niall Ferguson

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 078672529X

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 1369

In The Pity of War, Niall Ferguson makes a simple and provocative argument: that the human atrocity known as the Great War was entirely England's fault. Britain, according to Ferguson, entered into war based on naïve assumptions of German aims—and England's entry into the war transformed a Continental conflict into a world war, which they then badly mishandled, necessitating American involvement. The war was not inevitable, Ferguson argues, but rather the result of the mistaken decisions of individuals who would later claim to have been in the grip of huge impersonal forces.That the war was wicked, horrific, inhuman,is memorialized in part by the poetry of men like Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, but also by cold statistics. More British soldiers were killed in the first day of the Battle of the Somme than Americans in the Vietnam War; indeed, the total British fatalities in that single battle—some 420,000—exceeds the entire American fatalities for both World Wars. And yet, as Ferguson writes, while the war itself was a disastrous folly, the great majority of men who fought it did so with enthusiasm. Ferguson vividly brings back to life this terrifying period, not through dry citation of chronological chapter and verse but through a series of brilliant chapters focusing on key ways in which we now view the First World War.For anyone wanting to understand why wars are fought, why men are willing to fight them, and why the world is as it is today, there is no sharper nor more stimulating guide than Niall Ferguson's The Pity of War.
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The Great War with Germany, 1890-1914

Fictions and Fantasies of the War-to-come

Author: Ignatius Frederick Clarke

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 9780853236320

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 440

View: 8396

In the second of a series of anthologies on future war stories, the leading specialist in the field presents a selection of prophetic tales about the conflict-to-come between the British and the Germans, tales which had immense influence in the quarter-century before the First World War. An extensive range of contemporary illustrations is included.
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What Happened After the Battle of Dorking

Reminiscences of a Volunteer. Being an Account of the Victory at Tunbridge Wells

Author: Charles John Stone

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780649326877

Category:

Page: 82

View: 9111

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Rumors of War and Infernal Machines

Technomilitary Agenda-setting in American and British Speculative Fiction

Author: Charles E. Gannon

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742540354

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 311

View: 5933

This provocative and unique work reveals the remarkably influential role of futuristic literature on contemporary political power in America. Tracing this phenomenon from its roots in Victorian Britain, Gannon convincingly demonstrates that military fiction anticipated and even influenced the evolution of the tank, the development of the airplane, and also the bitter political battles within Britain's War Office and the Admiralty. In the United States, future-fictions and Cold-War thrillers were an officially acknowledged factor in the Pentagon's R&D agendas, and often gave rise_and shape_to the strategic development of technologies as diverse as automation, atomic weaponry, aerospace vehicles, and Star Wars. With its detailed political, historical, and literary analysis of the American and European fascination with hi-tech warfare, this lively, informative, and revealing study will appeal to students, general readers, literary and cultural scholars, and military and history enthusiasts.
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Ghost Fleet

A Novel of the Next World War

Author: P. W. Singer,August Cole

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544142845

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 1198

Two authorities on future warfare join forces to create a taut, convincing novel—set in 2026—about a besieged America battling for its very existence.
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Dorking in the Great War

Author: Kathryn Atherton

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1473825520

Category: History

Page: 160

View: 5448

From Zeppelin raids to housing refugees and evacuees or from men volunteering to fight or women working in the local Gunpowder factory, Dorking in the Great War looks at how the experience of war impacted on the town, from the initial enthusiasm for sorting out the German Kaiser in time for Christmas 1914, to the gradual realization of the enormity of human sacrifice the families of Dorking were committed to as the war stretched out over the next four years. ??The Great War affected everyone. At home there were wounded soldiers in military hospitals, refugees from Belgium and later on German prisoners of war. There were food and fuel shortages and disruption to schooling. The role of women changed dramatically and they undertook a variety of work undreamed of in peacetime. Meanwhile, men serving in the armed forces were scattered far and wide. Extracts from contemporary letters reveal their heroism and give insights into what it was like under battle conditions.
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