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Occupation, Race, and Empire

Maxence Van der Meersch's Invasion 14

W. Brian Newsome

In his 1935 novel Invasion 14, Maxence Van der Meersch painted a nuanced picture of the German invasion and occupation of northern France during World War I. Despite local controversy, Invasion 14 won national and international praise, losing the Prix Goncourt by a single vote. Though neglected in the wake of World War II, when the author's treatment of Franco-German relations between 1914 and 1918 ran headlong into evolving myths of widespread resistance between 1940 and 1944, Invasion 14 has garnered renewed attention as a window onto the occupation of World War I. Heretofore unappreciated, however, is Van der Meersch's use of colonial themes of race and empire. Based on research in the Archives Maxence Van der Meersch, this study explores the author's treatment of colonial motifs, demonstrating their centrality to the novel and the debate it generated.

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Rethinking World War I

Occupation, Liberation, and Reconstruction

George Robb and W. Brian Newsome

), chap. 10. Even literary responses to occupation, most notably Maxence Van der Meersch’s novel Invasion 14 (1935), have enjoyed a remarkable renaissance. In 2014 Albin Michel reissued Invasion 14 . It is also available in English translation: Maxence

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Sandbags, Strikes, and Scandals

Public Disorder and Problematic Policing in Occupied Roubaix during World War I

James E. Connolly

affaire is a celebrated work of fiction (or “faction”) concerning the occupation: Maxence Van der Meersch’s 1935 novel Invasion 14 , much of which concentrated on events in the author’s native Roubaix. 17 However, despite the ambiguities present in

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Nicole Hudgins

’ouest, 1934), and Maxence Van der Meersch, Invasion 14 , trans. by W. Brian Newsome (Montréal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016). 30 The forced deportation of young girls from their homes in Lille, Roubaix, and Tourcoing in 1916 produced an angry

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Introduction

‘William Le Queux, Master of Misinformation’

Ailise Bulfin and Harry Wood

branded Le Queux in The Road to Armageddon (1987) as the high priest of Edwardian Germanophobia and described his novels circulating ‘as freely as common coin’, yet he remains indebted to Clarke throughout this chapter on ‘Paper Invasions’. 14 Another

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Brett Holman

maps to lend verisimilitude. For example, one of the stories in Spies of the Kaiser included a ‘specimen’ of notes for the use of German spies on ‘the Day’ of invasion. 14 This recorded the presence in Sheringham and Cromer, on the Norfolk coast, of