That Next War?

That Next War?

That Next War?

That Next War?

Excerpt

This is a book of challenge to the world's intelligence. It puts in clearly defined and often epigrammatic form one after another of the various phases of the problem which confronts those who would support the renunciation of war as an instrument of national policy and promote the steady habit of the peaceful settlement of international disputes. The author has himself had so close an experience with military affairs and military administration that he is able quickly to seize and to interpret the viewpoint of those who embody and represent the traditional militaristic spirit. He has learned the lessons which the Great War has to teach and offers those lessons to his readers with force and persuasiveness.

After all is said and done, however, not much can be learned from the past about the establishment of international peace as a habit of mind and as the controlling factor in national policy.

The mind of man has been undergoing a veritable revolution which the colossal calamities of the Great War greatly hastened. The happenings of 1914-18 and the subsequent scientific discoveries and mechanical inventions, which, were those happenings ever repeated, would multiply their destructiveness manyfold, have made it entirely clear that another such world-wide outbreak would demolish the existing political and economic system. Yet there are those who continue to believe that still another world war is in the making!

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