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‘This book … grew out of the troubles of the time. When, on one occasion or another, I was invited to lecture … I could speak only of what I was thinking of, and my mind was fixed on the War. I am unacquainted with military science, so my treatment of the War was limited to an estimate of the characters of the antagonists.’ Papers presented by Sir Walter Raleigh, professor of English Literature, University of Oxford.

From the preface: ‘[t]he character of Germany and the Germans is a riddle. I have seen no convincing solution of it by any Englishman, and hardly any confident attempt at a solution which did not speak the uncontrolled language of passion. There is the same difficulty with the lower animals …’

CONTENTS
PREFACE
MIGHT IS RIGHT (First published as one of the Oxford Pamphlets, October 1914.)
THE WAR OF IDEAS (An Address to the Royal Colonial Institute, December 12, 1916.)
THE FAITH OF ENGLAND (An Address to the Union Society of University College, London, March 22, 1917.)
SOME GAINS OF THE WAR (An Address to the Royal Colonial Institute, February 13, 1918.)
THE WAR AND THE PRESS (A Paper read to the Essay Society, Eton College, March 14, 1918.)
SHAKESPEARE AND ENGLAND (The Annual Shakespeare Lecture of the British Academy, delivered July 4, 1918.)

Oxford: Clarendon, 1918

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Richard Marshall is studying for a doctorate in the literature of ancient Rome at Wadham College, Oxford, and is a tutor for Ancient History at St Benet’s Hall. In addition to Classics, he has a long-standing interest in the tactics and material culture of the British Army, especially of the period spanned by the Cardwell Reforms and First World War. He has a large collection of original uniform and equipment items used for teaching and research purposes, and is currently exploring the evolution of British military clothing and accoutrements in response to changes in fashion and warfare for eventual publication. He previously worked as a cataloguer for the Oxford University Great War Archive.
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