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84 THE GERMAN CHANCELLOR
matters nothing ; there the great war machine
would continue its work unimpeded and
unembarrassed whatever were the doubts which
existedàas to the real reasons of the origin
and the purpose of the war. It is true, as
he says, that this is the first people’s war
which England has waged, and that " the
English people is bringing sacrifices in wealth,
p in blood and in personal freedom such as it
has never before dreamed of." It is true
that these sacriiices could not be made if
ik the view as to the cause of the war put about
V by the German Government had many sup-
porters among us, but it is also true that it
_ is one of the main weapons in our armoury
F against Germany that we know that the system
of Government in that country is such that
V these considerations of justice, of honour and
= of European liberty, however strongly they
E might be felt among individual Germans, could
not affect the actions of the Government.
One other point deserves notice in order
that we may get some insight into the in-
{ tellectual character of the author. Naturally
§ enough, he often refers to Mr. Price’s book,
‘ the " Diplomatic History of the War," for
an English book on these matters which
completely endorses the German case is a