The Failure to Prevent World War I

Authored by: Hall Gardner

The Ashgate Research Companion to War

Print publication date:  January  2012
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754678267
eBook ISBN: 9781315613741
Adobe ISBN: 9781317041115


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Two things, in my opinion two extreme things, would produce conflict. One is the attempt by us to isolate Germany. No nation of her standing and her position would stand a policy of isolation assumed by neighbouring powers … Another thing which would certainly produce conflict would be the isolation of England, the isolation of England attempted by any great Continental Power so as to dominate and dictate the policy of the Continent. That has always been so in history. The reasons which have caused it in history would cause it again. 1 1

Quoted in E.L. Woodward, Great Britain and the German Navy (Handen, CT: Archon Press, 1964), 232.

(Sir Edward Grey, March 1909)

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