Winston Churchill's Brilliant Plan that Almost Prevented the First World War

On Wednesday, July 29, 1914, the British Cabinet met to discuss the European crisis.  Time was running out:  Austria-Hungary had just declared war on Serbia, and that afternoon would shell Belgrade.  In just two days, Russia and then Germany would mobilize, and the diplomats and politicians would be sidelined. Winston Churchill found the prospect of war exhilarating.  At midnight on July 28, he wrote his wife from his office at the Admiralty: My darling one and beautiful, Everything tends toward catastrophe and collapse.  I am interested, geared up and happy.  Is it not horrible to be built like that?  The preparations have a hideous fascination for me.  I pray to God to forgive me for such fearful moods of levity. The image of the glowering warrior-statesman of 1940-1945 is so entrenched that it takes some effort to recall Churchill’s earlier incarnations. In July of 1914, he was First Lord of the Admiralty in...(Read Full Article)

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