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The War And British Strategic Foreign Policy

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The dozens of British war correspondents who covered the Russo-Japanese War were well aware of deeply polarized European debate about the likely economic, political, and social effects of future warfare, as the books that they wrote after the war often showed clearly. Glenn Wilkinson has argued that the newspapers prepared the ground for war in 1914 by romanticizing conflict and minimizing the destruction it caused. Frederick Arthur McKenzie remarked on the advantages enjoyed by the Japanese supply trains because of their soldiers' simple and monotonous diet of rice and fish and, more surprisingly, William Maxwell noted the superiority of high explosive over shrapnel shells - something which was to be demonstrated throughout World War I but was still disputed by some of the army officers present in 1904. The numerous books on the Russo-Japanese War by British war correspondents thus reflected the prejudices, troubles and anxieties of the age.

Keywords: Frederick Arthur McKenzie; Glenn Wilkinson; Russo-Japanese War; William Maxwell; World War I



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