International Government

International Government

International Government

International Government

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Briefly stated, this book is an attempt to describe how the modern Society of Nations governs itself. It is in considerable part the result of the special opportunity for the study of international affairs at first hand generously afforded by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace through its European Conference of American professors in the Summer of 1926, and by a Sabbatical leave in Europe the following year.

Of late years, and particularly since the World War, publications dealing with international relations have multiplied rapidly. In the main they have been concerned with three aspects of the general subject: The legal, embracing a wide variety of technical themes, especially those suggested by the experiences of the War, or by the manifest need of a more comprehensive and adequate system of international law; the social, or politico-social, dealing in a broad way with those factors -- ethnic, historical, economic, and political, which characterize and complicate the modern Community of Nations; and the mechanistic -- that is, the development of international organization as the institutional expression of international life.

This specialized approach to the general field of international affairs is based upon sound principles of differentiation. Moreover, it conduces to the systematic study of international government and politics, and is a necessary basis for their development. But for the non-technical student, or the general reader, it means that he must cover a wide range of study in order to get that general view of the subject which alone is of interest to him.

The writer has ventured to think it possible to present in a single study an outline of the international governmental system at once comprehensive enough to embrace its essential features, and nontechnical enough to be of general interest. There would seem to be room in our college curricula for such a study as this, to meet the needs of students who, for one reason or another, do not care to go . . .

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