The Memoirs of Prince Max of Baden - Vol. 1

The Memoirs of Prince Max of Baden - Vol. 1

The Memoirs of Prince Max of Baden - Vol. 1

The Memoirs of Prince Max of Baden - Vol. 1

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Much that is in this book must fail to carry conviction in England.

On both sides there are bitter experiences that colour one's judgment, and prevent it from attaining that ultimate clarity which it is striving after. Many are the controversies which will only be settled by the Verdict of History; and for such a verdict the times are not yet ripe--of this I am certain. But there is one truth which I believe myself to have established in these 'Memoirs,' and it is of importance for the advance of humanity that this truth should come to be recognised: The protagonists had, in the year 1915, in 1916, in 1917, and in 1918, golden opportunities of bringing about a peace of general contentment. This peace would have earned the protests of the Jingoes in all the countries concerned, and the gratitude of their peoples for centuries to come. It often seemed as if the leading men on both sides were on the point of taking the decisive step; and yet it never was taken. There was no lack of insight; it was a want of power to withstand the surging passions which had been aroused. To-day we may lament the obstinacy and the blindness of the Jingoes, but it would be more truthful to admit that it was the liberal- minded men who were too weak to follow out the course which they recognised to be the right one.

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