The Spirit of World Politics: With Special Studies of the Near East

The Spirit of World Politics: With Special Studies of the Near East

The Spirit of World Politics: With Special Studies of the Near East

The Spirit of World Politics: With Special Studies of the Near East

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The dealings of nations with one another are governed neither by clear principle nor by crude self-interest, but by a spirit which in the midst of a clash of interests still gropes for principles. But the search for principles is a business by itself. If much experience were sufficient to produce a knowledge of principle, the men of experience, or the "men of action," would have completed their code long ago. Naturally, the thinking done by these men is of the first importance; but they work at a disadvantage. The world-scale of facts eludes direct grasp; and immersion in action at last submerges all but the sturdiest thinkers. The best hope is in a mixture and interplay of reflection with masses of selected fact.

In selecting the facts for the present study, I have considered that the temper of world-politics today is controlled more profoundly by the incidents of inequality or supposed inequality than by any other circumstance, -- by our treatment of peoples held to be backward, and the malaise which insistently requires an examination of the ethics of that relationship. For problems of this sort, the Near East and the African region adjacent to it present the compactest field: all the varieties of our political invention are assembled there. To be sure, international relations are everywhere, -- no one need travel to find them. But they are not everywhere alive with the same intensity, nor everywhere subject to the same intelligent regard and continuous novel adjustment. The situations in Egypt, Palestine, Syria, are being newly thought out almost from . . .

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