Whither France? Whither Europe?

Whither France? Whither Europe?

Whither France? Whither Europe?

Whither France? Whither Europe?

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Now that my book "Où va la France? Où va l'Europe?" is to be translated into English it becomes my pleasant duty to present it, in a few words, to those who are good enough to read it in its new form.

It might have been expected that certain explanations or even rectifications would be necessary, for the volume was written, for the most part, a year ago. We live in such a kaleidoscopic age, the peace we were handed in 1919 is so disconcerting and gives rise to so many uncertainties, that the economist or politician who is engrossed in the problem of reconstructing the world writes on the sand. The poor little scraps of paper that he scribbles on are likely to be faded and discoloured in a few weeks, and ready to be carried off like dead leaves which the wind whirls through the air only to throw them back upon the earth withered and dead.

Perhaps I partake of the illusions that seem to afflict all who take up a pen. But it seems to me, on reading over this book, that events have not belied the predictions I made in it. All I can charge myself with is that I did not spread somber enough colours on my palette when I came to describe the state of Europe, and when, running counter to the beliefs that were in vogue at the time, I pictured the "economic rocks" toward which Germany was headed. Also, owing to incomplete documentation . . .

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