21 years on

From Lettice Cooper’s novel, National Provincial (1938), set in 1935, when  Mussolini was about to invade Abyssinia:

This time the threat of war seemed both more and less surprising. Less because confidence and easy security had been shattered, more because in the last twenty years the mind had come to think of war as a barbarous method of argument. In 1914 to the mass of the English people, war had been unexpected but not unnatural. To the same solid mass in 1935 it was unnatural, but they half expected it, knowing now that the worst could happen.

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