Documents on the Events Preceding the Outbreak of the War

Documents on the Events Preceding the Outbreak of the War

Documents on the Events Preceding the Outbreak of the War

Documents on the Events Preceding the Outbreak of the War

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Students wading through innumerable documents, Foreign Office reports, letters from ambassadors and diplomatic exchanges, sometimes forget the living reality behind it all.

Every note must be written by a man. Every decision affects some human destiny. The flesh and blood of a whole nation must pay for the errors of its statesmen. That is a fact which the statesmen themselves sometimes seem to forget. They consign a generation to death for preconceived notions, such as the "Balance of Power", or to preserve their "prestige". They are apt to think even of their opponents, not as human beings, but merely as their "opposite numbers".

The pictures assembled here will recall in the reader, whether student or layman, historian or statesman, the human element behind White Books and Blue Books. The people whose names are signed to dispatches are not ciphers, but real persons with human virtues and frailties.

The points of dispute between nations cease to be academic when they are visualized by a blocked railroad bridge. A stone, marking and commemorating the irrational borders drawn by greed and war psychosis, tells more vividly than any document the perils inherent in the Peace Treaty of Versailles.

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