Diplomat between Wars

Diplomat between Wars

Diplomat between Wars

Diplomat between Wars

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Every man can and does, I think, divide his life into sections. As he grows older, however, the sections expand or contract like the pleats of an accordion played by the hands of time and experience. A few years ago I should have divided my life into three sections: the period before the Great War, the Great War itself, and the subsequent years. These sections seemed to me, as I looked back on them, of almost equal duration, although in point of time there was, of course, no comparison. The events of the past three years have been such as to alter radically my own view of my life in retrospect. The outlines of the various periods have become modified by the pressure of the tremendous events of the last few years. I still see my life as sharply defined in point of time and experience, but the lines of demarcation have shifted from those of three years ago.

Now, in the late months of 1940, I think of events and of my own relation to them still in three periods: that which preceded the entry of the United States into the World War in 1917, a twenty year period until the summer of 1937, and a succeeding period in which I took a more active and direct part in the policy of the United States.

Almost four years ago I wrote about the first or educational period of my existence. The Education of a Diplomat was published in 1938 and carried my account to the point of the declaration of war by the United States on Germany in April, 1917 . . .

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