The Story So Far . . .
Being, in the main, an unpublished chapter from A.J.P. Taylor's "The Origins of The First World War".
It is widely accepted that the cataclysm of 1914 could have been sparked much earlier by any one of many Colonial flashpoints. Whilst, previously, Fashoda and Agadir have been regarded as the most likely causus belli, documents now coming to light from The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, The Quay Dorsay and the Bundesarkhive all show that the crisis on the Lumbago and its tributary, the Effluent, could have easily "put out the lamps" in Europe well before 1914.
The modern historian studying these documents can easily see that affairs had reached a flashpoint. But the key factor unknown to both the Colonialists and the Natives was how the rascally Ruga Ruga would react in this turbulent situation.
Now read on . . .