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44 THE GERMAN CHANCELLOR il
On one matter alone was there any symptom { g
of hesitation. It was not certain whether E
Germany would at once go to war if Russia
mobilised against Austria alone and not against ”
A Germany. This, however, was of little irn- _
portance, for the German Government had '
so acted as to make it almost inevitable that
any Russian mobilisation must be complete
and not partial. They had informed the T
Russian Government that war would follow V
if any " preparatory military preparations " j
T were made. The importance of this cannot T
A be exaggerated. By it they had, in fact,
ensured that any Russian mobilisation would
T be complete. Had Russia had to do with T
Austria alone, she would, as so often in the ,
past, when it appeared necessary, have begun è
a partial mobilisation. Knowing that Ger-
many was behind Austria and that any inter-
ference meant war with Germany, it followed
lg inevitably that if they mobilised at all they ip
must at once prepare to meet a German
V attack.
T It is absolutely inconceivable that any re-
sponsible statesman could have acted in this
A way unless he was prepared for immediate
war. It is, indeed, quite possible that some
l of the German Ministers and the Emperor