Our Settlement with Germany

Our Settlement with Germany

Our Settlement with Germany

Our Settlement with Germany

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Without encouragement I should have lacked the audacity to write this book. I am not sure that I have any qualification for the task, unless it be that I realise its difficulty. Our settlement with Germany must bring a new cosmos out of moral chaos and physical ruin. That cannot be easy. But the most daunting of the difficulties lie in ourselves. Which of us can purge himself entirely of hatred and fear and set about the work of analysis and construction as if it were a scientific task?

This undertaking, from which I should myself have shrunk, was laid upon me by fellow workers and friends. It was Leonard Woolf, as Chairman of the Fabian International Bureau, who asked me to attempt it. It grew as I worked upon it far beyond the limits he suggested, but it is to him and his colleagues that I owe the original impetus. The friend to whose kindness I owe most is Will Arnold-Forster. He discussed my first rough outline and read my manuscript with alert attention. He brought to these tangled problems a lucid mind, equipped with a long familiarity with Germany. But any errors and perversities in this book are my own.

Though this book was written for English readers, I hope that Americans may find in it something of value. Our troops are fighting side by side: it is vital that in peace as in war we should think in step.

H. N. B.

London, 1944.

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