Europe in Decay: A Study in Disintegration, 1936-1940

Europe in Decay: A Study in Disintegration, 1936-1940

Europe in Decay: A Study in Disintegration, 1936-1940

Europe in Decay: A Study in Disintegration, 1936-1940

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Before I had finished writing, and re-writing, Diplomatic Prelude, 1938-1939, I realized that it would not be possible to continue bringing it up to date as if it were a yearly almanac. I therefore added a section, "Episodes and Men", "to serve as a 'revelation' bag -- not in the sense of 'revelations' but of expansive capacity"; it was "to provide packing space" for material complementary to the book but which could not be incorporated in it. Two years have passed since I finished writing Diplomatic Prelude, and more than a year since it was published. During that time books bearing on its subject have been appearing at such a rate that my essays about them fill by now this new volume. I do not mean to attempt rewriting Diplomatic Prelude till the most important collections of documents for the pre-war years are published; and then I will somewhat enlarge the period covered by it. In the meantime I propose to keep myself and my readers up to date by continuing a critical analysis of the most important new publications -- volumes of documents, memoirs, and monographs -- adding occasionally essays on particular subjects; and whenever there is enough to hand, I will reprint them in book form. Works of a technical military character, or mainly concerned with the period after 1940, are outside my province.

I have to thank the editors and owners of The Times Literaty Supplement, The Listener, The National Review, and The United Nations World for permission to reprint essays, or parts of essays, which appeared in their columns.

L. B. NAMIER

60 THE GRAMPIANS LONDON, W.6 June 27, 1949 . . .

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