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Did public opinion drag Britain into war?

July 1914 was a tense and difficult period in Europe. Frantic messages were sent between the governments of the great powers, including Britain and Germany. In one of these messages, the British Foreign Secretary said that if Germany invaded Belgium, 'it would be extremely difficult to restrain public feeling in this country'.

In this case study you are going to look at public opinion in 1914 and see whether you think public opinion took Britain into war.

You will probably find it helpful to study the Background before you start looking at the sources.
Use the Worksheet as you look through the sources.

General public crowds
Sources:
1. Resolutions of Labour Party branches, 1914 2. Diary of a factory worker, September 1914 3. Photographs of volunteers, 1915 4. Extract from 'War Against War', 1914
1 Resolutions of Labour Party branches, 1914 2 Diary of a factory worker, September 1914 3 Photographs of volunteers, 1915 4 Extract from 'War Against War', 1914
5. Posters on recruitment, September 1914 6. Note on recruitment, December 1914    
5 Posters on recruitment, September 1914 6 Note on recruitment, December 1914    
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