HG Wells The War Of The Worlds:’Are we such apostles of mercy as to complain if the Martians warred in the same spirit?’

'by offering us insight into the imperial imagination, the texts of the empire give some purchase on the occlusion of human loss that operates in colonial representation. The effect of empire on colonised peoples, and colonised responses to invasion, usually appear as mere traces in the writing of the time. Readings of imperial texts suggest, therefore, how it was possible for a world system which presided over the lives of millions to legitimate itself while masking suffering.'


Independent Researcher.

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