The ‘enemy’ was economically dominant in British Empire (1915)

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Throughout the course of World War I, there was resentment among two sides of political divide in Europe, and its implication was felt the world over. For Britain, Germany was the arch enemy, intent on creating political instability in Europe and perhaps throughout the world. And for Germany, Britain was an arrogant colonial, economic and political power in the world. This opinion piece was written by a New York journalist and author, Poultney Bigelow. In it, he countered the criticism made by a visiting German scholar who accused Britain of discriminating Germans in the matters of business throughout the British colonies. He wrote that German traders were in fact “…marveled at the infantile generosity with which Great Britain opened all her ports to German enterprise…”. However, he also said that similar scenario could not be said of the treatment the British businessmen received upon conducting business in Imperial German colonies. The effect this opinion piece had on these two rivaling nations might not be noticeable and suspicion between both sides of political divide continued until the end of World War II.

Article source: The New York Times, 10 June 1915

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