The Narrow Path of Freedom and Other Essays

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THE NUREMBERG TRIALS AND ONE WORLD

The Nuremberg indictments may be divided into two parts—different in kind if not in purpose. One part, charging the defendants with having committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, had to do with acts of violence of a monstrous kind and on a vast scale, crimes that would be punishable in any court in the Western world except perhaps those of the late Third Reich, where whatever served the cause of the race and its leader was regarded by the National Socialist judges with a benevolent eye. The other part accused the defendants of something quite different—of acts that had never hitherto been tried in any court, nor in fact up to this time been considered criminal in any legal sense—of waging aggressive warfare or conspiring to wage it.

It was by no means new in history for the victor to accuse and then kill the enemy he had defeated; there had been many such occasions, and it would not have been difficult to cite precedents, although in the West they would have gone back some centuries. Of the two who had been called war criminals most recently Napoleon was neither tried nor executed, although the Allies had some hope the French or he would take matters into their own hands; and William II, despite being publicly charged with “supreme offences against international morality and the

Reprinted from Issues and Conflicts: Studies in Twentieth Century American Diplomacy,
ed. George L. Anderson (Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 1959). Originally
presented at a conference at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, in 1957.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Part I - Foreign Affairs 1
  • 1 - The Nuremberg Trials and One World 3
  • 2 - Nuremberg 21
  • 3 - The United States and Europe 28
  • 4 - Visiting China 47
  • 5 - The Narrow Path of Freedom 56
  • 6 - Global Aspects of East-West Relations 62
  • 7 - The End of the Cold War? 69
  • 8 - Saddam and a New World Order 73
  • Part II - The Idea of History 77
  • 9 - History as It Really Is 79
  • 10 - Domestic Peace 84
  • 11 - Looking Backward 90
  • 12 - The Thin Coat of the Higher Learning 95
  • 13 - The Path of the West 103
  • 14 - The Further Decline of the West 110
  • Part III - Individuals 115
  • 15 - Remembrance of Uncle Charlie 117
  • 16 - Albert Speer 134
  • 17 - Ezra Pound 138
  • 18 - The Suzette Morton Davidson Gallery 146
  • Index 149
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