The Economic Causes of War

The Economic Causes of War

The Economic Causes of War

The Economic Causes of War

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The following essay is based upon five lectures which I was privileged to deliver, in the spring of this year, at the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Études Internationales of Geneva. I have completely rewritten my manuscript and considerably extended the treatment of certain aspects of my subject. But the substance and, with one exception noted below, the general scheme of arrangement remain the same. I should like to take this opportunity of once more thanking M. Rappard and his colleagues for their invitation and for the indulgence with which they listened to my story. How much of all that was most stimulating and inspiring in the period between two wars is typified in their lovely college by the lake. Long may it flourish, an oasis of sanity in a mad world, to preserve and advance the great principles of international citizenship for which it so conspicuously stands.

In deciding to publish at this stage, I have had many hesitations. I do not think that even the most hostile critic can mistake the pretentions of my slender essay for those of a full-blown treatise. But there are sections where I am conscious that, even on this plane, further elaboration would have been desirable; and there are certain features which I contemplated in my original plan, which do not appear at all, notably appendices on the detailed history of the controversies concerning the Marxian theory of imperialism and on the rise of neo-mercantilism in Germany. But circumstances have not been favourable. Ever since I commenced to work in this field, I have never sat down to work without wondering if war would come before my projects were completed. And now, confronted with . . .

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