Canada and the United States: Some Aspects of Their Historical Relations

Canada and the United States: Some Aspects of Their Historical Relations

Canada and the United States: Some Aspects of Their Historical Relations

Canada and the United States: Some Aspects of Their Historical Relations

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That knowledge and intelligent study of international affairs constitute important elements in the peaceful progress of the world is a political and social commonplace. A fact, however, of this nature is none the less valuable for being a commonplace; and it is extremely important that it should be emphasized with sincerity and honesty during a period such as this, with a cataclysm in the immediate background, with fears and with failings of hearts making wise decisions more than ever difficult and tending to obscure future international understandings. Too frequently in the past the commonplace has in truth degenerated into intellectual vulgarity, in that superficiality has passed for learning, acquaintanceship for intimacy, and platform and afterdinner affability for that critical insight which ought to guide men of different nations if they would follow the paths of ordered peace and mutual progress. In relation to the United States and Canada all this has been far too prominent. A common language, a common sharing in the economic development of a continent, a common tradition in public and private law and in democratic government and suchlike have been overemphasized at the expense of that deeper and more profound knowledge which in reality constitutes international understanding. In-

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