The Empire in the World: A Study in Leadership and Reconstruction by Sir Arthur Willert, K. B. E

The Empire in the World: A Study in Leadership and Reconstruction by Sir Arthur Willert, K. B. E

The Empire in the World: A Study in Leadership and Reconstruction by Sir Arthur Willert, K. B. E

The Empire in the World: A Study in Leadership and Reconstruction by Sir Arthur Willert, K. B. E

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This volume was planned two and a half years ago. A number of events of world-wide importance have intervened and delayed its appearance.

None of these events have altered the fact that there is no subject of greater importance to us than the British Empire Overseas, its tradition, its future, and its capacity to keep together in a world apparently determined to fly into fragments.

When selecting the essential factors which must guide the future conduct of Imperial relations, I was not unaware of the immense range such factors must be expected to cover. That very immensity has been most difficult to bring within the pages of a single volume. The original subjects were: the Foreign Policy of the Empire, the Constitution of the Empire, and the Economics of the Empire. Within these the authors have endeavoured to bring all matters relating to inter-Imperial government and organization.

The co-ordination of the material in the pages which follow has, in one sense, been my task; but the authors who undertook the work at my invitation have also been at considerable pains, while retaining their individual viewpoints, to make the volume a complete and continuous diagnosis of Imperial problems.

The Empire in the World is presented as a free, untrammelled expression of opinion with any collective responsibility resting upon my shoulders. It must not, therefore, be read as a joint declaration of policy although it is clear that each author is conscious of an urgent need for the British Government to give a lead in all matters relating to Imperial policy, especially in the sphere of Foreign Affairs.

E. THOMAS COOK

BROOKS'S, ST. JAMES'S,
LONDON, S.W. I.

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