The Greatest Experiment in History

The Greatest Experiment in History

The Greatest Experiment in History

The Greatest Experiment in History

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The six addresses printed in this volume were prepared and delivered during last year's session of the Institute of Politics at Williamstown, and are now published by courtesy of the Institute. Such references as they contain to current events all bear date between the last week of July and the fourth week of August, 1923.

They were in the main dictated before delivery, but some parts were spoken from notes. I have relied for the text entirely on the admirable stenographic staff provided by the Institute. No one is more conscious than I that the texture of addresses prepared and delivered in this manner is in many ways unsuited to the printed pages of a book; but I could not have compressed them or corrected their many faults of arrangement and style without completely rewriting them. I publish them therefore with a few purely verbal corrections, and I ask my readers to overlook some looseness of form as pardonable in the spoken, if not in the printed, word.

For the same reason I have decided not to encumber the text with notes and references. But I desire to make here the fullest possible acknowledgment of my debt to Mr. George Trevelyan's admirable British History in the Nineteenth Century, which I read on my way out to the United States. I have quoted Mr. Trevelyan by name in more than one of these addresses, but I owe a great deal to his luminous interpretation of British development which can be acknowledged only in this general way; and if any quotation which I have made from him . . .

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