Bryce's American Commonwealth Fiftieth Anniversary

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IX. "SUCH WAS THE MAN" -- THE Bryce THAT I KNEW

By William Bennett Munro*

"HE SAW THE CITIES OF MANY MEN AND KNEW THEIR MANNERS." No man of his time saw more of the world, with greater understanding, than James Bryce. He went everywhere, and wherever he went he revelled in the study of places and peoples. One might say that he combined the wanderlust of Marco Polo with the intellectual versatility of Herbert Spencer. During the course of his active life Bryce visited so many lands and wrote understandingly about so many different political systems that in his later days he came to be recognized as the world's most encyclopedic authority in the field of comparative government.

The rise to such a pinnacle did not come either by accident or design. It came from the combination of a restless

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William B. Munro is Professor of History and Government at the California Institute of Technology and a member of the Executive Council of that institution. He was formerly Professor of American History and Government at Harvard University. In 1927 he was President of the American Political Science Association, and in 1930-31 President of the American Association of University Professors. Professor Munro is the author of various books in the field of political science, including The Governments of Europe, The Government of the United States, Makers of the Unwritten Constitution, and Municipal Administration.

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