The Socialists and the War: A Documentary Statement of the Position of the Socialists of All Countries; with Special Reference to Their Peace Policy

The Socialists and the War: A Documentary Statement of the Position of the Socialists of All Countries; with Special Reference to Their Peace Policy

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The Socialists and the War: A Documentary Statement of the Position of the Socialists of All Countries; with Special Reference to Their Peace Policy

The Socialists and the War: A Documentary Statement of the Position of the Socialists of All Countries; with Special Reference to Their Peace Policy

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This book was prepared at the suggestion of the Intercollegiate Socialist Society -- of whose Executive Committee I am a member. I have to thank Miss Jessie Wallace Hughan , author of American Socialism of the Present Day, and Mr. Leroy Scott, members of this Committee, who read over the documents.

In the selection of documents the editor has aimed to choose as far as possible those of the greatest political and economic importance. No material has been omitted or included merely because it seemed creditable or discreditable to Socialists in general or to the Socialists of any particular country. I have not tried to explain away any of their acts or failures to act, nor on the other hand have I endeavored to pass any final judgment. I have merely undertaken to offer in a condensed and connected form all the materials necessary to reach an opinion on any of the leading phases of this great question: the attitude of the. Socialists of all countries towards war and peace, and especially towards the present war and the peace that is to follow.

I have carefully restrained all editorial comment because the leading purpose has been strict accuracy and non-partisanship. Even in cases in which the quotations are not as clear as might be desired, I have not felt justified in unduly lengthening my editorial notes, since it is difficult to make lengthy editorial statements without leaning to one side or the other. The purpose of the editing has been not to comment upon the statements of the Socialists, but merely to set forth the con-

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