American Consultation in World Affairs for the Preservation of Peace

American Consultation in World Affairs for the Preservation of Peace

American Consultation in World Affairs for the Preservation of Peace

American Consultation in World Affairs for the Preservation of Peace

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This is an important book. It is a history of the way in which the post-war structure of pacific relations has been challenged in the last three years by the world-old methods of force and violence. It is a study of the strategy of peace; not unlike those which military experts have been making of the battle campaigns of the World War. With precision and directness of analysis it points out the mistakes that have been made, the weaknesses in tactics and the failures in the cooperation of the various high commands; but it also shows the forces of peace still in the field and profiting by their experience. It should be of equal interest to those who look to Geneva for plans of international pacification, and to those who oppose the League and all its works. For it simply tells what happened in the joint and several councils of nations that tried to avert or stop the resort to arms in Asia and South America. Although the author draws but one conclusion from the events which he describes, he presents the evidence for independent judgment.

It will come as a surprise to many that the question of international consultation should be regarded so seriously, as an essential element in the processes of peace. It looks more like a threshold to the structure of international organization than like a corner-stone. Yet the reader of these pages will see how vital are the issues which are raised in connection with its use or non-use in the hour of crisis, and will be led rather to wonder why the technique of so fundamental a procedure has received so little attention than why it should be studied in such close detail. The procedure of judicial settlement has called forth many treatises; that of political settlement has no such rich literature to guide either student or statesman.

This is doubly to be deplored, for the very first lesson to be . . .

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