The Rebuilding of Europe: A Survey of Forces and Conditions

The Rebuilding of Europe: A Survey of Forces and Conditions

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The Rebuilding of Europe: A Survey of Forces and Conditions

The Rebuilding of Europe: A Survey of Forces and Conditions

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The world is passing through the birth pangs of a new historic period. Europe, because it controls the destiny of the greater part of the earth, was the first to feel these convulsions, but the transformation taking place is essentially a world movement.

The struggle now going on has been variously called "a trade war," a contest regarding "the destiny of the smaller states," "a war for democracy," and "a war for principles." No one of these expressions quite definitely conveys the real significance of the Great War, because no one of them adequately presents to the mind its relation to the changes in political thought that have occurred during the last few decades.

What has been most completely overlooked is the fact that the Great War was not in its beginning, and is not now, so much a struggle between different forms of government as it is a question regarding the purpose and spirit of all govern-

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