The Reconstruction of Europe: A Sketch of the Diplomatic and Military History of Continental Europe

The Reconstruction of Europe: A Sketch of the Diplomatic and Military History of Continental Europe

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The Reconstruction of Europe: A Sketch of the Diplomatic and Military History of Continental Europe

The Reconstruction of Europe: A Sketch of the Diplomatic and Military History of Continental Europe

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He who is inclined to take optimistic views of human history must contemplate the course of events during the past forty years with genuine satisfaction, for to whatever part of the globe he turns his attention he will find much more to confirm than to discredit his hopeful attitude. Everywhere, doubtless, there are difficult and anxious problems to be solved; the spirit of evil, in one shape or another, goes on rearing its head defiantly; and the condition of mankind improves but slowly. Nevertheless, in almost every quarter of the world since 1850 we can point to solid and unmistakable progress. In the departments of scientific discovery and industrial art this has been so conspicuous a fact that to mention it is like uttering a truism. But in political history the illustrations of progress are no less striking. A marvelous revolution in Japan has transformed the feudal régime of the Shogun and daimios into a constitutionally governed empire, eager to learn wisdom from every available source. The English rule in India, since the dreadful days of Cawnpore and Lucknow, has been marked by a prosperity unparalleled in the history of that teeming population. Australasia is witnessing the rapid growth of a new English civilization, destined soon to become a valuable moral power in the world. With the labors of . . .

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