Social Psychology of International Conduct

Social Psychology of International Conduct

Social Psychology of International Conduct

Social Psychology of International Conduct

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The endeavor to bring international conduct under the control of law and of justice is the most important of all the enterprises in which the nations are now engaged. And with this in mind, the present volume has grown out of the need of presenting to classes in college and university and to general audiences those aspects of international conduct which can best be understood with the help of social psychology. For although the nations may be regarded otherwise also, yet they are immense societies confronting one another and drawn to mutual injury or benefit by their desire, emotion, intelligence, and will.

There are many instructors in social psychology who, it is hoped, will wish to extend their students' work into this vital subject, as the author has been doing for many years. In political science, economics, and sociology, also, some will desire a survey of the international scene from the standpoint of psychology. The standpoint will of course differ from that of other social sciences, and this may give it value. The view from the new position may stimulate as well as supplement, and it may even offer occasion for pleasant glorying by each as he returns to his own preferred outlook. There is a town which may here be nameless, where the homes, now here now there upon the hillslope, face Bay and Golden Gate, and where men and women live by pride, less of birth or wealth, than of view; and happily each never doubts, he knows, that his own view is best. The sciences are not without trace of similar partialities, harmless and endearing.

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