Why Europe is at War: The Question Considered from the Points of View of France, England, Germany, Japan, and the United States

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G.P. Putnam's sons, 1915 - 170 pages

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Page 159 - In accordance with the Declaration of Paris of 1856, a blockade, in order to be binding, must be effective that is to say, it must be maintained by a force sufficient really to prevent access to the enemy coastline.
Page 64 - There is nothing for us to justify and nothing to explain away. Every act of whatever nature committed by our troops for the purpose of discouraging, defeating and destroying our enemies is a brave act and a good deed, and is fully justified. . . . Germany stands as the supreme arbiter of her own methods, which in the time of war must be dictated to the world.
Page 126 - Mention has been made of the partition of China. Such a partition will not be brought about by us at any rate. All we have done is to provide that, come what may, we ourselves shall not go empty-handed. The traveler cannot decide when the train is to start, but he can make sure not to miss it when it does start. The devil takes the hindmost.
Page 70 - May every one in those distant regions be aware that the German Michael has firmly planted his shield with the device of the German eagle upon the soil of China, in order once for all to give his protection to all who ask for it. ... Should any one essay to distract from our just rights or to injure us, then up and at him with your mailed fist.
Page 65 - Germany stands the .supreme arbiter of her own methods. It is no consequence whatever if all the monuments ever created, all the pictures ever painted, all the buildings ever erected by the great architects of the world be destroyed, if by their destruction we promoted Germany's victory.
Page 81 - Not against our will and as a nation taken by surprise did we hurl ourselves into this gigantic venture. We willed it; we had to will it.
Page 48 - Operations against the United States of North America must be entirely different. With that country, in particular, political friction, manifest in commercial aims, has not been lacking in recent years, and has until now been removed chiefly through acquiescence on our part. However, as this submission has its limit, the question arises as to what means we can develop to carry out our purpose with force in order to combat the encroachments of the United States upon our interests.
Page 52 - Let it then be the task of our diplomacy so to shuffle the cards that we may be attacked by France, for then there would be reasonable prospect that Russia for a time would remain neutral.

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