The English-speaking peoples: Their Future Relations and Joint International Obligations

The English-speaking peoples: Their Future Relations and Joint International Obligations

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The English-speaking peoples: Their Future Relations and Joint International Obligations

The English-speaking peoples: Their Future Relations and Joint International Obligations

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Some twenty years ago, when the question of a formal political connection between the British Empire and the United States for the advancement of the general interests of the English-speaking peoples was quite prematurely raised, Admiral Mahan contributed to the discussion a characteristically thoughtful essay, entitled "Possibilities of an Anglo-American Reunion." The distinguished historian welcomed the "unmistakable growth of mutual kindly feelings between Great Britain and the United States" and pointed out that "this reviving affection well might fix the serious attention of those who watch the growth of world questions, recognizing how far imagination and sympathy rule the world." He likewise emphasized the common political traditions and moral ideals of the kindred peoples and, above all, "that singular combination of two essential but opposing factors -- of individual freedom with subjection to law -- which finds its most vigorous working in Great Britain and the United States." Naturally, the interpreter of sea power did not fail to point out that, of the Great Powers these two alone were by geographical position exempt from the burden of large armies, "while at the same time they must depend upon the sea, in chief measure, for that intercourse with other . . .

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