England and Germany, 1740-1914

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HAPTER XIV
ARMAGEDDON

WHEN the news of the Austrian declaration of war reached St. Petersburg, which, as it happened, preceded a telegram from M. Schebeko to the effect that Count Berchtold had declined the Russian proposal for direct conversations, M. Sazonof took prompt action. To London he telegraphed:

"The Austrian declaration of war clearly puts an end to the idea of direct communications between Austria and Russia. Action by London cabinet in order to set on foot mediation with a view to suspension of military operations of Austria against Serbia is now most urgent."1

At the same time he informed the German Government that on the next day (29 July) Russia would order the mobilization of the military conscriptions of Odessa, Kief, Moscow, and Kazan--that is, of the thirteen army corps intended to operate against Austria.2 He insisted upon "the absence in Russia of any aggressive intention against Germany," but the announcement was intended as a clear warning that Russia could not be ignored. Count Berchtold at once construed the mobilization as "a threat against Austria-Hungary," and "urgently" requested the German Government to inform Russia that "these measures would be answered by the most extensive military counter- measures, not only by the Monarchy but by the German Empire "; he preferred that Germany should take this step alone, but Austria was also "ready."3 From this

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1
Russian, no. 48.
2
British, no. 70 (1).
3
Austrian, no. 42.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • Contents ix
  • Chapter I - Introduction 1
  • Chapter II - Modern England 12
  • Chapter IV - German Expansion 70
  • Chapter V - Commercial Rivalry 96
  • Chapter VI - Anglo-German Relations to 1890 116
  • Chapter VII - The Quarrel 139
  • Chapter VIII - The Admiralty of the Atlantic 173
  • Chapter IX - The Triple Entente 219
  • Chapter X - The Near East 253
  • Chapter XI - Agadir and Its Aftermath 302
  • Chapter XII - The Eve of the War 358
  • Chapter XIII - The Crisis of 19141 394
  • Hapter XIV - Armageddon 435
  • Chapter XV - The Anglo-German Rupture 468
  • Appendix 499
  • Index 507
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