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1 Edward the object of this unprecedented gathering of nations was often called the Uncle of Europe a title which insofar as Europes ruling houses were meant could be taken literally2 Envy of the other nations gnawed at him He complained to Theodore Roosevelt that the English nobility on continental tours never visited Berlin but always France3 Next Morning in the procession where for once he couldnt talk Williams behavior was exemplary He kept his horse reined in Chapter II Let the last man on the right brush the channel with his sleeve1 A neutral and independent Belgium was the creation of England or rather of Tuchman Barbara The Guns of August New York Baltimore Books 1962This quote shows how well liked and influential King Edward was This makes me think that the plot of the book is what happens because of Edwards death Edward was also related to much royalty in Europe This was referring to Germany Germans did not feel like people thought they were as good as France so they wanted to prove it I think this foreshadows what will happen later on in the book WarThe purpose of this passage is to show some of the Germans point of view Most people in his situation would act the same wayThis quote tells us that Belgium will be an important state to have England or rather of Englands ablest foreign minister Lord Palmerston2 Nevertheless Schlieffen decided in the event of war to attack France by way of Belgium His reason was military necessity In a two-front war he wrote the whole of Germany must throw itself upon one enemy the strongest most powerful most dangerous enemy and that can only be France 3 In 1914 two events sharpened Germanys readiness to a fine point In April England had begun naval talks with the Russians and in June Germany herself had completed the widening of the Kiel Canal permitting her new dreadnoughts direct
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