GREAT BRITAIN: Weakness & Strength

How grave was Britain's economic sickness? Did the realization that Britain must sharply reduce her Empire commitments and step down as a first-rate power also mean that Britain at home could never recover?

This week the United Kingdom buckled down to work again. After three fuelless weeks, factories in the London area and the northwest could resume operations, but home use was still curtailed. Snow and ice were thawing, coal moving. Brewers were resuming beer production. Britons felt a little better.

The deeper sickness remained. The Crisis had upset the rhythm of...

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