African Questions at the Paris Peace Conference: With Papers on Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Colonial Settlement

African Questions at the Paris Peace Conference: With Papers on Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Colonial Settlement

African Questions at the Paris Peace Conference: With Papers on Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Colonial Settlement

African Questions at the Paris Peace Conference: With Papers on Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Colonial Settlement

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The studies prepared for the American Commission of Inquiry by Mr. George Louis Beer, Colonial Expert to The Inquiry and subsequently Chief of the Colonial Section of the American Commission to Negotiate Peace, possess an importance which is not measured merely by the conditions which evoked them. They are a permanent contribution towards an understanding of the Colonial Problem, not only in Africa, but throughout the world, not simply for some one Power, but for all Powers. They are based on a minute, impartial, and scientific investigation of every factor involved; each point of view is given due consideration; and from the data thus gathered, certain conclusions are drawn for action henceforth advisable in guidance of those portions of the world which are as yet incapable of wisely directing their own destinies. If the essays are perfect by the canons of technical scholarship, they are also perfect in their applicability to practical statesmanship.

It was my privilege to be closely associated with Mr. Beerboth in New York and in Paris; and it was, perhaps, for this reason that, shortly after his death, Mrs. Beer and Mr. James Shotwell suggested that I prepare for press the monographs which he had written for The Inquiry. The copy was almost ready for printing as Mr. Beer had left it, but it seemed advisable to do what he himself would doubtless have done, and to bring the entire volume, which had been finished . . .

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