Looking into the Abyss?
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While P. G. Wodehouse and others sought to attack their opposition head-on by ridiculing the rash fears of invasion, one of the major serious writers of the period was preparing to wade far more subtly into the controversy over how Germany and its inhabitants could and should be imagined. In doing so, he chose to avoid the issue of German military prowess almost entirely and instead chose to focus on the dire cultural consequences for Britain of what he saw as an ever-increasing move towards the ‘wrong’ German model of hyper-nationalism and ‘national efficiency’. For him, Britain was in danger of becoming the very ‘monster’ the likes of Le Queux and Harmsworth were publicly pledged to resist.
KeywordsBritish Counterpart German Model Literary Debate German Pension Suffrage Movement
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