Author Archives: harryjw1

Conflict and Violence

I’m very happy to promote a chapter I have contributed to Using Primary Sources, an open access E-Textbook project published with the mobile library Biblioboard (in association with Liverpool University Press) and edited by Jon Hogg. My chapter on ‘Conflict and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Invasion on the Radio

I am a committed Radio 4 listener (to the extent that I am the proud owner of Today Programme egg cups which immortalise Jim Naughtie, Sarah Montague and John Humphreys in pottery-form). I was nonetheless surprised to learn recently that … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

After the Watershed

The majority of research on British invasion-scare fiction has treated August 1914 as a natural watershed. This is in part a reflection of wider historiographical trends in which the outbreak of the First World War is assumed to represent the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Inevitable or Contemptible? Popular Attitudes to the Threat of Invasion

In his vast thesis ‘The Invasion of the United Kingdom’, Howard Moon argued that invasion in late-Victorian and Edwardian Britain was “nothing less than a national obsession”.[1]  This cut-and-dry statement has always raised questions with me.  It seems to suggest … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

‘Master of Misinformation’

‘Master of Misinformation’ Le Queux Workshop, Trinity College Dublin, 9th June 2015 I am very happy to promote an event I am organising alongside Ailise Bulfin (Trinity College Dublin) to take place on 9th June 2015.  ‘Master of Misinformation: William … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Perils of Expertise

Although Edwardian invasion-scare fiction was written by people from a range of backgrounds, the genre’s authors can be neatly divided in two, between civilians on the one hand and military/naval personnel on the other.  These opposing groups formed an unusual … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Flight of Fancy

One of the most iconic events of the Edwardian period was Louis Blériot’s flight across the English Channel in 1909.  Piloting a craft of his own design, the Frenchman took off from near Calais early on the morning of 25th … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment