A History of Peaceful Change in the Modern World

A History of Peaceful Change in the Modern World

A History of Peaceful Change in the Modern World

A History of Peaceful Change in the Modern World

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This book has been written at the invitation of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, which also suggested the title. It is curious that a subject of such importance and interest has been neglected by historians. The material is readily available, and my object has been so to arrange and analyse it as to make clear what have been the causes, objects and procedure of peaceful change in modern times. I have not gone back beyond the great European settlement of 1815, except for some incidental illustrations. Between that date and the present day my examination does not claim to be exhaustive, but to include all the more important and significant examples of every kind of peaceful change. Such a survey must obviously include not only the historical but also the legal aspect. On the latter I have had the benefit of the advice of Sir John Fischer Williams.

I have to thank Professor A. J. Toynbee and Professor C. K. Webster for their kindness in reading the manuscript of this book, to its great advantage.

C. R. M. F. C.

March, 1937.

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