The Two Hague Conferences

The Two Hague Conferences

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The Two Hague Conferences

The Two Hague Conferences

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In a recent and much-used manual of international law, it is said that "the development of international law within the period since the call for the First Peace Conference at The Hague in 1898 has been greater than that during the 250 years preceding, from the peace of Westphalia in 1648 to the call for The Hague Conference in 1898." Accepting this statement as sufficiently accurate for present purposes, without stopping to consider whether it is wholly tenable, it necessarily follows that any work showing the nature of the Conferences, their procedure and their results, renders a service to the public. Especially must this be so if the author is a man of wide experience and balanced judgment, familiar with the development of international law and the methods of diplomacy and writes with first-hand knowledge of the subject. These qualifications will readily be conceded to Mr. Choate who represented, as First Delegate, the United States at the Second Hague Peace Conference, and who might pardonably say, quorum pars magna . . .

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