An Introduction to World Politics

An Introduction to World Politics

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An Introduction to World Politics

An Introduction to World Politics

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At the beginning of the World War I wrote a book about the relations among the great powers during the years immediately preceding the assassination at Serajevo. "The New Map of Europe" dealt particularly with Near Eastern problems and wars and with the foreign policies of Russia, Austria-Hungary, Germany, and Italy in the events affecting the Balkan States, the Ottoman Empire, Persia, and the countries on the African littoral of the Mediterranean. The purpose of the book was to attempt to explain how the relations among the great powers were vitally influenced by the conflict of interests that arose in their diplomatic and economic activities in the regions formerly under the exclusive domination of the Ottoman sultans. The reception accorded "The New Map of Europe" encouraged me to complete the survey of contemporary international relations by writing "The New Map of Africa" in 1916 and "The New Map of Asia" in 1919. The latter two volumes outlined the development of European overlordship in Africa and Asia.

None who lived in daily contact with international questions, and who was reporting from the spot wars and rumors of wars during the decade before 1914, could be satisfied with the prevalent idea that it was unnecessary to go farther back than the famous "twelve days" of diplomatic correspondence, from July 20 to August 2, 1914, to settle the responsibility for the World War. However great the guilt of the Imperial German and Austro-Hungarian governments for deliberately forcing the war upon Europe, their power was not so great that their will alone could have led us into the calamities of 1914-18. The most . . .

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