The League of Nations: A Chapter in World Politics

The League of Nations: A Chapter in World Politics

The League of Nations: A Chapter in World Politics

The League of Nations: A Chapter in World Politics

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The pages which follow were the last to come from the pen of one who for a whole generation had held his place among the first of American historians. This volume although it explores another field, bears witness to the qualities of scholarship, the sobriety of judgment and the directness of vision which made Professor Bassett's interpretations of American history so notable a contribution to the understanding of our own national characteristics and development. The objectivity of the true historian is evident in every part of the narrative, a detachment from the prejudices in which events tend to become enveloped or out of which they are born; but no detachment of interest in the human drama in which the issues of national and international ideals are played against each other. The story is kept with even keel in the confusion of passionate controversies, without for a moment surrendering the author's right of individual judgment or even his free expression of sympathy with those achievements of experimental statesmanship which erected the League of Nations and the less creative but fundamental contributions of those other men who directed its destinies in the early years. Scholarly and interpretative in the style familiar in his other work, Professor Bassett has in these pages shown how the very restraints imposed by the his-

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