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AND THE OUTBREAK OF WAR. 23
and a complete indifference to these great
questions which have occupied Europe for
over Ioo years. It is indeed impossible for
men who have given no previous study to
these great problems of power to embark
without adequate preparation on an analysis
of the events which brought about the war.
It has been objected by a German writer
that I am more Russian than the Russians.
Ijshould like, therefore, to explain that I am
not in the least concerned to defend every
action of the Russian Government. I know
‘ little about Russia except that the whole
` conditions and modes of thought and action
are necessarily very different from those of
Great Britain. It would be ludicrous to
­ expect that the decisions of the Russian Council
of State would be entirely guided by con-
ceptions similar to those which prevailed in
the British Cabinet. They had their own
point of view, which is just as legitimate as,
however different it may be from, ours. To
them a great Continental war was necessarily
something much less strange than it was to l
us, and much less contrary to their political
conceptions. Moreover, the questions of the
Balkans from which this war arose, involved
for them vital problems of power; and from
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