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The historian AJP Taylor argued that the First World War was caused by railway timetables.
He meant that physical limits on the ability of states to move troops rapidly around the continent in railway carriages meant there was an inexorable logic to the German decision to launch a pre-emptive invasion of France once a spark had fallen into the keg of European geopolitical gunpowder.
Now that may or may not be true. Yet there’s certainly an insight there into the way that bureaucratic or legal timetables can shape real events, sometimes with tragic consequences.
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