Seven Great Statesmen in the Warfare of Humanity with Unreason

Seven Great Statesmen in the Warfare of Humanity with Unreason

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Seven Great Statesmen in the Warfare of Humanity with Unreason

Seven Great Statesmen in the Warfare of Humanity with Unreason

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My purpose in writing these essays has been to acquaint men who are interested in the bearings of modern history on public life with sundry statesmen whose time was devoted not to seeking office or to winning a brief popular fame by chicanery or pettifoggery, but to serving the great interests of modern states and, indeed, of universal humanity. I would present these statesmen and their work as especially worthy to be studied by those who aspire to serve their country in any way.

It may be asked why it is that in my list are included neither Americans nor Englishmen. This is mainly because the great leaders of our own country and of Great Britain have already been fully and admirably portrayed for the American student of history, who, while he may know much regarding these, too often knows very little of those who have guided the great peoples of Continental Europe--whom not also to know is a misfortune. But there is another and a more personal reason: my early years abroad were spent mainly upon the European Continent, and public duties since have led me to make prolonged stays in various Continental states--France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Russia--where the study of Continental statesmen has been almost forced upon me.

These studies of European history have been cast into biographical form because it has always seemed to me that Carlyle uttered a pregnant truth when he said that the history of any country is in the biographies of the men who made it.

In dealing with the subjects chosen I have endeavored . . .

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