The Road to World Peace: A Federation of Nations

The Road to World Peace: A Federation of Nations

The Road to World Peace: A Federation of Nations

The Road to World Peace: A Federation of Nations

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Seven millions of men killed and twenty millions, six hundred thousand wounded,--these, according to the best statistics available, were the casualties in the war of 1914-1918, a war involving 1575 millions of people and leaving only 136 millions of the human race to escape its flames. The lives of probably twenty-eight millions who were members of the families of the killed cruelly and irreparably torn, and the lives of probably eighty millions who were members of the families of the wounded more or less permanently and seriously handicapped,--this was involved in the casualties of the war. Debts aggregating 249 billions of dollars gold were incurred by the various governments in carrying on the war, debts whose service and liquidation will place a very heavy burden of taxation upon about 1030 million people--two- thirds of the human race--for several generations to come,--these were the legacy of the war. Destruction of property devoted to peaceful and useful pursuits (not to mention the billions of dollars of war materials consumed) aggregating 50 billions of dollars or more at a moderate estimate,--

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