The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Crisis in Russia by Arthur Ransome:|
autocracy without seriously hampering imports and exports.
Almost every country in Europe, with the exception of
England, was better fitted to stand alone, was less
completely specialized in a single branch of production.
England, fortunately for herself, was not isolated during the
war, and will not become isolated unless the development of
the crisis abroad deprives her of her markets. England
produces practically no food, but great quantities of coal,
steel and manufactured goods. Isolate her absolutely, and
she will not only starve, but will stop producing
manufactured goods, steel and coal, because those who