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How strong is britain
by Puckler Edward Fitzgerald
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HOW STRONG IS BRITAIN ?BY COUNT E.F. PUCKERCONTENTS AUTHORS INTRODUCTION : GREAT BRITAIN AND THE NEW WORLD GREAT BRITAINS ECONOMIC SYSTEM BRITISH INDUSTRY BRITISH AGRICULTURE BRITISH SHIPPING GREAT BRITAIN, THE WORLDS BANKER THE UNSEEN EMPIRE IS GREAT BRITAIN BECOMING POORER? BRITISH MILITARY STRENGTH THE EMPIRE AS BURDEN AND SUPPORT POPULATION DIFFICULTIES IN THE EMPIRE STORM CLOUDS ON THE HORIZON PUBLISHERS NOTE AUTHORS INTRODUCTION GREAT BRITAIN AND THE NEW WORLD THERE are very few more interesting political problems in the world today than that of Great Britains real strength. Great Britain, whose empire covers a quarter of the earths surface, is directly or indirectly con cerned with almost everything which happens in the world, and conversely, whenever anything happens, whenever political or economic developments or tendencies threaten the status quo the attitude taken up by Great Britain to them is of importance. World politics represent the sum of all efforts either to main tain or change the status quo in the relations between the nations of the world, and when any such efforts are made Great Britains weight is usually in the scale, generally in order to maintain the status quo. During the past twentyfive years the status quo has been constantly threatened, and a new world has developed. In one instance Great Britain threw her whole weight into the scales: she fought in the World War under most favourable circumstances, namely, against a country which was peculiarly susceptible at the time to her two chief weapons, blockade and financial power. Although Great Britain flung all her weight into the scales she did not succeed in preventing what she would very gladly have prevented : the resurgence of a strong and united Germany. After the Munich Conference it was no longer possible for the world to close its eyes to the fact that in five years Adolf Hitler had rebuilt the German Reich and made it greater and more united than before. That is one of the great changes which have taken place in the world. Today Germany is the grande nation, just as France once was when she had the largest population of all the European powers. Other changes have taken place without Great Britain having made any serious attempt to prevent them, for instance the development from free trade in world economic affairs to controlled national economic systems. Owing to the World War and the iniquities of Versailles Germany was forced into the ranks of the poorer nations. For over a decade efforts were made to keep her poor and make her pay tribute, until the economic policy of National Socialism provided an unexpected solution. Free trade on the commodity market and free movement on the money market made Great Britain into the richest country in the world. Today very little is left of this economic freedom thanks to the fact that Germany and other countries following her example have determined to rebuild their prosperity from their own resources.
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