- We were the superpower of the day and, therefore, had to intervene as the policeman, judge and jury of the world.
- In 1914, UK had seen centuries of warfare on the mainland of Europe, anyway. More war there would not seem unusual.
- Britain had a culture and tradition of war and, war first and foremost. Churchill's magnanimity in victory and jaw, jaw came much later.
- Patriotism, militarism and nationalism were also the norm.
- Every citizen knew Britain was right and on the side of upholding civilised values throughout the world.
- It had always been unheard of not to do your patriotic duty to King and Country.
- Throughout every country in Europe and Russia, every subject of these monarchs believed their kaisers, czars and kings were God's representatives on earth and, therefore, knew best. When they wanted war, war it had to be.
- It was widely believed in the readership of the penny dreadfuls and the ever so popular 'Daily Mail' that the Germans were less than human - Gerhuns not Germans. They were evil and had to be fought when they invaded our fellow industrialised and colonial power of Belgium.
- We had to honour our alliance with France and Russia. We always honoured our treaty obligations and we were always men and women of our word. "Perfidious Albion" was a disgraceful slur on our nation.
- Better to die gloriously as a hero with your name engraved in stone for ever, than risk being ruled by Germany.
- Violence was the done thing; non-violence was non-existent in European thinking and absent from the English vocabulary (still to this day)
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