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Planning for the cessation of hostilities, 1 July 1916

2 July 2016

9:00 AM

2 July 2016

9:00 AM

From ‘Preparation for peace’, The Spectator, 1 July 1916: All industrial development relies in the last resort upon human energy, and the amount of human energy existing in this country has been enormously stimulated by the war. The country is awake, and will remain awake. But this readiness of every man and every woman to ‘do their bit’ in the battle of peace (if we may be allowed so mixed a metaphor) will not save us from great suffering in the first few months that will follow the cessation of hostilities and the return of the troops, if we have not tackled the problem beforehand, but have lulled ourselves with the belief that it will be all right ‘on the night’.


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