National Geographic : 1914 Oct
A HAPPY SCENE AT ELMLEY CASTLE, WORCESTERSHIRE, ENGLAND Photo byA.W. Cutler "No huge armies such as literally ate up Germany during the Thirty Years' War, year after year, have ever been known on English soil. English wealth in the sixteenth century, therefore, was the result of the normal increase of resourcesinacomparatively poor country freed from serious artificial setbacks. In the long run she became proportionately richer than larger countries with much more extensive natural resources, which were decimated by war. Neither extraordinary diligence nor skill needs to be brought forwardasthe explanation ofthe beginning ofEng land's capital fund; nor must we allege robbery to explain it. It was that most unusual but simplestof all things-saving" (see text, page 408).