Causes of International War

Causes of International War

Causes of International War

Causes of International War

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A reprint of this little book being urgently and unexpectedly required, and no time available for rewriting, it is reissued practically unchanged. It bears on its face therefore the date of its origin, 1920, and were it now rewritten the emphasis might be different in many respects; in particular the League of Nations, imperfect as it may still seem, has developed during the intervening years into a more important and promising institution than seemed probable to the author in 1920. Further, there are one or two political changes of importance which should be noted. Thus, Egypt is, at any rate nominally, "independent," though of course not in her foreign policy, and Ireland has become self-governing within the British Empire -- a great triumph for right principle, and it may be hoped the termination of centuries of bloody history (see p. 31 note and pp. 55, 102). Again, after many oscillations, Persia has regained her independence, and Arabia retains hers (p. 102).

Altogether the condition of Europe and the world seems more hopeful than it did in 1920. But the bringing of that hope to fruition will be a long and arduous task, and if it is ever to be achieved the points emphasised in this book must be brought home to whole populations throughout the world. That may perhaps serve as an excuse for the present reprint.

G. L. D.

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