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The Begum's Millions
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When two European scientists unexpectedly inherit an Indian rajah's fortune, each builds an experimental city of his dreams in the wilds of the American Northwest. France-Ville is a harmonious urban community devoted to health and hygiene, the specialty of its French founder, Dr. Francois Sarrasin. Stahlstadt, or City of Steel, is a fortress-like factory town devoted to the manufacture of high-tech weapons of war. Its German creator, the fanatically pro-Aryan Herr Schultze, is Verne's first truly evil scientist. In his quest for world domination and racial supremacy, Schultze decides to showcase his deadly wares by destroying France-Ville and all its inhabitants. Both prescient and cautionary, The Begum's Millions is a masterpiece of scientific and political speculation and constitutes one of the earliest technological utopia/dystopias in Western literature. This Wesleyan edition features notes, appendices, and a critical introduction as well as all the illustrations from the original French edition.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Other Works in the Series, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. A Note on the Translation
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xl
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  1. The Begum’s Millions by Jules Verne
  2. pp. xli-xlii
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  1. 1. Mr. Sharp Makes His Entrance
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. 2. Two Friends
  2. pp. 13-26
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  1. 3. A News Item
  2. pp. 26-36
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  1. 4. Divided in Two
  2. pp. 36-48
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  1. 5. The City of Steel
  2. pp. 48-66
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  1. 6. The Albrecht Mine
  2. pp. 66-78
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  1. 7. The Central Block
  2. pp. 79-89
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  1. 8. The Dragon’s Lair
  2. pp. 89-104
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  1. 9. Absent without Leave
  2. pp. 105-117
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  1. 10. An Article from Unsere Centurie, a German Journal
  2. pp. 117-129
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  1. 11. Dinner at Dr. Sarrasin’s
  2. pp. 130-136
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  1. 12. The Council
  2. pp. 136-148
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  1. 13. Letter from Marcel Bruckmann to Professor Schultze, Stahlstadt
  2. pp. 148-150
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  1. 14. Preparing for Combat
  2. pp. 150-156
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  1. 15. The San Francisco Stock Exchange
  2. pp. 156-165
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  1. 16. Two Frenchman against a City
  2. pp. 165-174
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  1. 17. Explanations at Gunpoint
  2. pp. 174-183
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  1. 18. The Kernel of the Mystery
  2. pp. 183-190
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  1. 19. A Family Affair
  2. pp. 190-194
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  1. 20. Conclusion
  2. pp. 195-196
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 197-220
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 221-252
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  1. Jules Gabriel Verne: A Biography
  2. pp. 253-261
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 262-262
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