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p. 14324. ‘Your English Summer's Done’locked

  • Christopher Harvie
  •  and H. C. G. Matthew

Abstract

‘Your English Summer's Done’ describes the lead-up to the First World War. Britain's entente policy committed it to the French and Russian side of the European equation. Britain could bring little direct influence to bear on Continental affairs. Anglo–German hostility mounted, and by 1910 it was clear that Germany would be Britain's adversary when war came. Britain had little to gain from the war, but the Germans disregarded the British guarantee of Belgian independence and the capacity of the British army. Britain was ill-prepared for war, both psychologically and physically. The onset of war brought the end to the liberal, capitalist, Free Trade and world peace-based experiment.

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