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Literature of the 1900sThe Great Edwardian Emporium$
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Jonathan Wild

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635061

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635061.001.0001

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Department of War and External Affairs: The Anglo-Boer War and Imperialism

Department of War and External Affairs: The Anglo-Boer War and Imperialism

(p.11) Chapter One Department of War and External Affairs: The Anglo-Boer War and Imperialism
Literature of the 1900s

Jonathan Wild

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the response of writers to the 1899–1902 Boer War (or the Anglo-Boer War, as it is now more commonly known) in particular, looking at the work that emerged during the time of the conflict. It demonstrates how the war's role in focusing the anxieties felt by ordinary British and British Empire citizens about the efficacy and sustainability of British imperialism is especially evident in the literature which emerged both during the conflict and in the ensuing years of the decade. It goes on to investigate ‘invasion literature’, a popular genre of writing that imagined an often vulnerable and unprepared Britain being attacked and conquered by rival imperial powers. The chapter then examines the idea of Empire as discussed in the fiction of Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad, and John Buchan.

Keywords:   Boer War, Anglo-Boer War, imperialism, British imperialism, invasion literature, Empire, Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad, John Buchan

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