Power, Public Opinion, and Diplomacy: Essays in Honor of Eber Malcolm Carroll by His Former Students

Power, Public Opinion, and Diplomacy: Essays in Honor of Eber Malcolm Carroll by His Former Students

Power, Public Opinion, and Diplomacy: Essays in Honor of Eber Malcolm Carroll by His Former Students

Power, Public Opinion, and Diplomacy: Essays in Honor of Eber Malcolm Carroll by His Former Students

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I am glad to commend this volume of substantial essays contributed in honor of Professor E. Malcolm Carroll by former students, who thus acknowledge their obligations for his instruction and guidance. The essays illustrate the diverse facets of Professor Carroll's interest in the recent history of Western European countries and in the relations of these countries with each other and with the rest of the world. A reader is impressed by the complexity of affairs in the generations with which Professor Carroll and his students have concerned themselves.

As a colleague closely associated with Professor Carroll during most of his active career as a teacher and scholar, I venture here a few comments in a personal vein. I have often thought that writers of history might be stimulated to a better understanding of the difficult tasks to which they apply themselves if, after reaching maturity, each would try the experiment of using in a study of his own career the cultivated faculties essential for the pursuit of his profession. Records and relics, however ample, never convey to a biographer information as intimate as an observant historian ought to have concerning his own experience. Such a study of his personal adventures might make the historian less certain of his conclusions, less dogmatic in his pronouncements concerning the connections between other events that are related sequentially in time.

Professor Carroll was born at Coldwater, Michigan, March 13, 1893. He had proceeded to the degrees of bachelor of arts, master of arts, and doctor of philosophy in the University of . . .

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