War and Peace Aims of the United Nations

War and Peace Aims of the United Nations

War and Peace Aims of the United Nations

War and Peace Aims of the United Nations

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This collection of documents bearing on the war and peace aims of the United Nations has grown out of what was originally conceived, in December 1941, as a more modest enterprise, and in the course of growth has passed through numerous vicissitudes which have affected its final character.

The original purpose was to assemble a collection of statements on war and peace aims made by Allied Governments which might be made available in mimeographed form and on a limited basis to certain individuals and government agencies, both American and foreign, which had expressed an interest in and desire for such a compilation. With that end in view, at the suggestion of Dr. S. Shepard Jones, then Director of the Foundation, Professor Holborn agreed to commission one of his research workers at Yale University, Mrs. Edith Bracelin, to undertake, subject to his supervision, the making of such a compilation. While Mrs. Bracelin made a start in the collection of the materials, she was not able to finish the work, and the task of completing the collection and editing of the materials was assumed by Miss Louise Holborn.

With the passing of time, a new conception of the nature of the job to be done came to be accepted. Instead of making a highly selective compilation of statements to be issued in mimeographed form and on a restricted basis, it seemed desirable to undertake a more inclusive compilation of statements of war and peace aims with a view to showing not only what appeared to be the official views of governments but also the development of these views and something of the atmosphere of opinion prevailing in each country. In addition, with inevitable delays, it became necessary to extend the period to be covered.

Since the first announcement of this volume, there has appeared under the name of the United Nations Information Office a collection of War and Peace Aims which might on the basis of title be regarded as doing in advance what this volume was intended to do. A careful examination . . .

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