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Extract from the diary of British factory worker Robert Cude, September 1914
(Imperial War Museum, reproduced by kind permission of Susan Ashton)
  Imperial War Museum; diary of factory worker, 1914  

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Study this source carefully. There are details in this source that will help you to answer the key question. As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • Would you say that Robert Cude supported the war?
  • Does this source provide any evidence that public opinion dragged Britain into the war?
  • Does this source support the view that the British people backed the government's decision to go to war?
  • In what ways does this source contrast with source 1?
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