The Proceedings of the Hague Peace Conferences: Translation of the Official Texts: the Conferences of 1899 and 1907, Index Volume

The Proceedings of the Hague Peace Conferences: Translation of the Official Texts: the Conferences of 1899 and 1907, Index Volume

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The Proceedings of the Hague Peace Conferences: Translation of the Official Texts: the Conferences of 1899 and 1907, Index Volume

The Proceedings of the Hague Peace Conferences: Translation of the Official Texts: the Conferences of 1899 and 1907, Index Volume

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The present translation of the proceedings of the Hague Peace Conferences, the first complete version to appear in the English language, has been prepared in the Division of International Law of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. It was undertaken at the special instance and request of the Honorable Robert Lansing, Secretary of State of the United States, who, on behalf of the Department of State, accepted the offer of the Trustees of the Endowment of the use of its offices and the services of its personnel at the outbreak of the war between the United States and Germany. The work of the translation, although formidable, was fortunately completed early enough to print a sufficient number of preliminary copies for the use of the American Commission to Negotiate Peace.

The proceedings of the Conference of 1899, as originally published by the Netherland Government, are contained in a single large volume, consisting of four parts devoted respectively to the Conference and the First, Second and Third Commissions, and bearing the title-page: Conférence internationale de la paix. La Haye, 18 mai-29 juillet 1899. Ministère des affaires étrangères. La Haye, Imprimerie nationale, 1899. In 1907, the year of the meeting of the Second Conference, a new edition of the proceedings of the First Conference was printed bearing the title-page: Conférence internationale de la paix. La Haye, 18 mai-29 juillet 1899. Ministère des affaires étrangères. Nouvelle édition, La Haye, Martinus Nijhoff, 1907. Inasmuch as this latter edition is apparently the only one now generally accessible it has been used for the present translation. In the French edition each of the four parts is preceded by its table of contents, but for the convenience of American and English readers, the tables of contents of the several parts of the translation have been grouped at the beginning of the volume.

The proceedings of the Conference of 1907, as published by the Netherland Government, are contained in three large volumes bearing the title-page: Deuxième conférence internationale de la paix. La Haye. 15 juin-18 octobre 1907. Actes et documents. Ministère des affaires étrangères. La Haye, Imprimerie nationale, 1907. Although these volumes, in the translation, form the second, third and fourth volumes of the series, no change has been made in their numbers. Volume I is devoted to the plenary meetings of the Conference, Volume II to the meetings of the First Commission, and Volume III to the meetings of the Second, Third, and Fourth Commissions.

The numbers in brackets in both the text and footnotes of the translation indicate the folios of the French original. Editor's footnotes are likewise in brackets. The indexes to the original volumes have been greatly enlarged for the convenience of the general reader and students who may have occasion to consult them.

The Peace Conferences held at The Hague were the first truly international assemblies meeting in time of peace for the purpose of preserving peace, not of concluding a war then in progress. They marked an epoch in the history . . .

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