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Asquith's notes, 26 July 1914

No one can say what is going to happen in the East of Europe. The news this morning is that Servia has capitulated on the main point, but it is very doubtful if any reservation will be accepted by Austria, who is resolved upon a complete and final humiliation. The curious thing is that on many, if not most, of the points Austria has a good and Servia a very bad case, but the Austrians are quite the stupidest people in Europe. There is a brutality about their mode of procedure which will make most people think that this is a case of a big Power wantonly bullying a little one. Anyhow, it is the most dangerous situation of the last forty years. It may incidentally have the effect of throwing into the background the lurid pictures of civil war in Ulster.

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peadarog
Jul. 28th, 2014 01:39 pm (UTC)
There is a brutality about their mode of procedure which will make most people think that this is a case of a big Power wantonly bullying a little one.

I wonder if he used the same language about the British response to the 1916 rising...
nwhyte
Jul. 29th, 2014 10:11 am (UTC)
The grim irony is even more immediate: Asquith wrote this on the very day of the Bachelor's Walk shootings!

Edited at 2014-07-29 10:12 am (UTC)
peadarog
Jul. 29th, 2014 10:21 am (UTC)
Wow, I had never even heard of that!
nwhyte
Jul. 29th, 2014 05:48 pm (UTC)
More here.

Edited at 2014-07-29 05:54 pm (UTC)
peadarog
Jul. 29th, 2014 06:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Fascinating to see those contemporary accounts.
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