South-Eastern Europe: The Main Problem of the Present World Struggle

South-Eastern Europe: The Main Problem of the Present World Struggle

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South-Eastern Europe: The Main Problem of the Present World Struggle

South-Eastern Europe: The Main Problem of the Present World Struggle

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The steps necessary to establish a durable peace after the present war include a serious effort to settle, on the basis of justice, what European diplomacy has long known as the Eastern question. That question arises, first, out of the presence of the Turk in Europe, and second, out of the strangely mixed complex of races, religions and languages which inhabits the Balkan Peninsula. There can be no world peace while the Eastern question is permitted to remain open and to offer temptation to the ambitions or to the greed of other nations.

That the Turk must leave Europe will now probably go without saying. Confined to Asia Minor, with ancient Brusa as his capital, the Turk may be given full opportunity to live his own life and to develop his good qualities without at the same time offering invitation to constant friction and disturbance by his presence in Europe. With the Turk gone and with the just claims of Greece recognized, the main problem is to give civil and political liberty to the Southern Slavs and to assure them opportunity to work out their own destiny. There is no need to traverse here any of the ground so thoroughly gone over by M. Savić in the following pages. He makes it plain both how the Southern Slavs came to be in the Balkans, what their fate . . .

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