The World's Iron Age

The World's Iron Age

The World's Iron Age

The World's Iron Age

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Seven years ago I left Russia in order to be able to write an uncensored book. The title which instinctively suggested itself to me was "Russia's Iron Age." Russia during the last years of my stay had indeed lived through an age of iron, an era of terror and espionage, of famine and forced labor.

But I did not leave the Iron Age behind when I quit Russia. Germany, which I had known and loved when it was a free country, was already in the grip of a more formidable and efficient dictatorship than the one with which I was familiar in Russia.

My next place of residence was Japan and at first that old and physically very beautiful country was extremely relaxing after the grim strain of Russia. But the Iron Age came in full rigor to Asia when Japan, led on by the logic of conquest, pushed forward on the mainland of Asia and China, responding to the equally irresistible impulse of newborn nationalism, resisted.

Then I saw France fall. One of the most civilized peoples of Europe, unwisely, as I believe, pushed into a war for which it was neither materially nor psychologically prepared, went . . .

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