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A mood of inflated patriotism. The term originated in 1878, when Russian successes in a war against the Ottoman empire had created at the Treaty of San Stefano a Bulgaria that Britain regarded as a threat to its Eastern interests; a popular music‐hall song of the time began with the lines: “We don't want to fight, but by Jingo if we do; We've got the ships, we've got the men, we've got the money too!” Strong anti‐Russian feeling developed in Britain, where Disraeli called up reserves for army service and war‐fever gripped the country.

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