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Read this description of how the declaration of war was greeted in St. Petersburg, the capital of Russia. Then, answer the questions that follow.
"There was a crowd in front of a newspaper office. Every few minutes a momentous phrase scribbled in charcoal appeared in the window: 'ENGLAND GIVES UP PEACE NEGOTIATIONS. Germany invades Belgium. Mobilization progressing with Great Enthusiasm.' And at p.m.: 'GERMANY DECLARES WAR ON RUSSIA.' Spontaneously the crowd started singing the national anthem. ... The people were staring at the sprawling words, as if trying to understand what they actually meant as far as each personal little life was concerned.
Then the edges of the crowd started breaking off and drifting in one direction, up the Nevsky Prospect. I heard the phrase 'German Embassy' repeated several times."
-Sergyei N. Kurnakov, Savage Squadrons
Based on what you have read, do you think similar scenes may have been taking place in France or Germany at this time? Explain.
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