The British Empire and the United States: A Review of Their Relations during the Century of Peace Following the Treaty of Ghent

The British Empire and the United States: A Review of Their Relations during the Century of Peace Following the Treaty of Ghent

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The British Empire and the United States: A Review of Their Relations during the Century of Peace Following the Treaty of Ghent

The British Empire and the United States: A Review of Their Relations during the Century of Peace Following the Treaty of Ghent

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That the centenary of the treaty which has secured to Great Britain and the United States one hundred years of unbroken peace should deserve a celebration might seem strange to some philosopher in his study, whose meditations on the folly and cruelty of war would have led him to suppose that peace was natural between two great nations kindred in blood, both highly intelligent and highly civilized. Very different are the feelings of the historian, who remembers how often wars have arisen from slight causes, or of the practical statesman, who knows the kind of motives by which rulers who determine the issues of peace or war have been and still are governed. Jealousies, rivalries, antagonisms have still so much power over peoples, rulers are still so far from trying to apply as between states that moral law which the better sort of individual men recognize in private social and in business intercourse, and which public opinion imposes even upon the worse sort, that the maintenance of peace be-

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