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AND THE OUTBREAK OF WAR. III
be regarded as a necessarily hostile act on
either side." (B. 108).
Glaukos, commenting on the friendly nature
A of these conversations, says : " We have then .
T the proof that the so­ca1led provocative military
; measures of Austria, her advance in Serbia,
§ the announcement of her mobilisation, were '
T not considered by Russian­English diplomacy *l
in Vienna as aggressive steps which precluded ,
a peaceful so1ution."
This is a perfectly correct statement; all
p the discussions at Vienna showed that both
the Austrians and the Russians were agreed p
ï that notwithstanding these military measures
a way out might be found. But Glaukos l
T omits the essential point. These discussions i
also show that it was recognised on both k
sides that Austrian military measures would
be answered by Russian mobilisation; that V
l Russian partial mobilisation would be answered
by Austrian complete mobilisation, and that
V this again would be answered by complete ­
ä Russian mobilisation. These measures did not A
l preclude a peaceful solution, but they also l
l rendered inevitable Russian mobilisation. It
V is here that Germany came in and insisted __
that there should be no Russian mobilisation,
and when this took place, made it an excuse
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