Nineteenth Century, 1882. First Edition. Disbound. Very Good Condition. Item #220207
In 1881 the Anglo-French Submarine Railway Company began to tunnel into the Channel from both the French and English sides. With interesting new technology to handle the task of boring, and engineering expertise developed from the railways and the Suez Canal, relatively good progress was made quite swiftly. Then the political, military, and security implications of the project began to be taken seriously by parliament. Questions were raised about the risks of military invasion being facilitated by the ease of rapid transport through the tunnel and in 1882 all work was stopped by the British government, who had been unhappy with the weak assurances provided by the Submarine Railway Company. The collection of articles presented here cover a variety of issues in this debate, presenting a clear insight into the political objections as illustrated by the key signatories to the petition of leading politicians and military men, opposing views of those in support, and even the perceptions of the French. The political and security questions have a peculiarly modern tone to them, and the issues surrounding the Tunnel have been perfectly captured by these 1882 papers. To aid clarity in identifying these items they have been numbered 1 to 14 as follows; Items 1 to 11 are from The Nineteenth Century, Items 12 to 14 are from The British Association. 1. The Proposed Channel Tunnel. By Edward Plunkett (16th Baron Dunsany). 17 pages. 2. The Channel Tunnel. A Reply. By Frederick Beaumont. 8 pages. 3. The Channel Tunnel. A Rejoinder. By Edward Plunkett (16th Baron Dunsany). 20 pages. 4. The Channel Tunnel. A Civilian's View. By Goldwin Smith. 4 pages. 5. The Channel Passage. An Alternative. By John Fowler. 9 pages. 6. The Proposed Channel Tunnel. A Protest (with an introductory list of protesters against the tunnel). By James Knowles. 8 pages. 7. The Proposed Channel Tunnel. A Protest (being a further list of protesters against the tunnel). By James Knowles. 6 pages. 8. The Channel Tunnel. A National Question. By J.L.A. Simmons. 5 pages. 9. The Channel Tunnel. By W.C. Keppel (Viscount Bury). 4 pages. 10. The Channel Tunnel. By E.B. Hamley. 3 pages. 11. The Channel Tunnel. A French Reply. By Joseph Reinach. 5 pages. 12. On the Geology of the Channel Tunnel. By Professor W. Boyd Dawkins, M.A., F.R.S. 3 pages. 1882. 13. On the proposed Channel Tunnels in their Geological Aspects. By C.E. De Rance, F.G.S., A.I.C.E. 3 pages. 1882. 14. On the Present State of the Channel Tunnel, and on the Boring at Shakespeare Cliff, near Dover. Professor W. Boyd Dawkins, F.R.S. 2 pages. 1887. Note; these are original articles separated from their respective volumes, not offprints or reprints. Size: Octavo (standard book size). Item Type: Magazine. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Antiquarian & Rare; Nineteenth Century Magazine; Collections. Inventory No: 220207.