Documents and Readings in the History of Europe since 1918

Documents and Readings in the History of Europe since 1918

Documents and Readings in the History of Europe since 1918

Documents and Readings in the History of Europe since 1918

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This volume aims at providing, in convenient form, the exact texts of some of the most important documents and illustrative reading materials relevant to the general course on the history of Europe since 1918. The collection therefore includes treaties, pacts, conventions, constitutions, laws, court decisions, manifestoes, proclamations, party programs, authoritative narrative descriptions, speeches, examples of propaganda, and other items thought to be of interest and value in any serious study of the major developments in post-World War Europe. It is hoped that the teacher and student, in large colleges and small (and, for that matter, the intelligent general reader), may here find the basic "sources" essential to an accurate understanding of the recent background of current happenings.

The fundamental arrangement within chapters is chronological and topical, paralleling the organization adopted in the editor's The World since 1914. The introductory remarks preceding each item are intended to supply additional information not always easy of access, explain the origin and importance of the document, or indicate the reason for its inclusion in the series. Normally, the spelling forms of the original reference have been adhered to. Because of the limitation of space, some of the longer items have been reproduced in extract rather than in full. Resulting omissions are indicated by appropriate symbols: four dots (. . . .) indicate the omission of the remainder of a paragraph or an article; five dots (. . . . .) indicate the omission of one or more entire paragraphs or articles. Occasionally, in order to call the attention of the reader to alternative sources, similar items, such as treaties, are quoted from varying types of sources.

W. C. L.

Schenectady, N. Y.

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