Faith, War, and Policy: Addresses and Essays on the European War

Faith, War, and Policy: Addresses and Essays on the European War

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Faith, War, and Policy: Addresses and Essays on the European War

Faith, War, and Policy: Addresses and Essays on the European War

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Such interest as this book may possess will be, I think, in large part historical. Changes have assuredly been wrought in the minds of all thoughtful people throughout Europe by the experiences of these three shattering years. And it seems worth while to have a record of the mind of a fairly representative English Liberal, standing just outside the circle of official politics. Consequently I have arranged the various papers in order of time rather than in groups according to subject, and I have not altered a sentence.

The papers treat of the faith in which the British Government and nation entered the war, and in which for my part I still continue; of the war itself and the human problems raised by it and the impossibility, at two given dates, of immediate peace; lastly, of certain questions of international policy, such as the possibility of democratic control in foreign affairs, the action of Great Britain at sea, our attitude towards Ireland and India, and our relations with the United States.

I have said nothing about home politics, because, in the first place, if I wished to exhort or to criticize my own Government, I should naturally do so at home and not in America; and in the second place, because, in spite of a number of minor issues which have caused acute feeling, there has not risen as yet any cardinal division between our main political parties. The policy with which we entered the war still holds the field, and the unity of the nation, though at times dangerously . . .

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