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The Battle of Dorking:  Reminiscences of a Volunteer

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The Battle of Dorking: Reminiscences of a Volunteer

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Author: Sir George Tomkyns Chesney
Publisher: Forgotten Books, 2010
W. Blackwood and Sons, 1871

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The Battle of Dorking is an imaginary tale of a German invasion of England written in 1871 by Sir George Tomkyns Chesny. It sparked great controversy when it was initially serialized anonymously in Blackwood's Magazine. It inflamed the English anxieties over the emergence of Germany as a great military power, and raised doubts about the preparedness of Britain for a possible war.

In the story, German invaders conquer England because they are better trained, better equipped, and have a vast conscript army. In turn, the story is both a thinly-veiled call to action by Chesny, as well as a well-crafted work of fiction.


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