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The Spectator at war: Consent and violation

From The Spectator, 26 December 1914:

We notice in criticisms of Sir James Barrie’s new play Der Tag, that the author represents the German Emperor as hesitating till the last moment about consenting to the violation of Belgian territory. The assumption that the German Emperor wanted peace up to the end is not perhaps capable of disproof by written evidence (though there is a great weight of other evidence that he had long been with the war party), but the assumption that he did not approve of the invasion of Belgium as a military measure can be definitely disproved by written...

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