The United States and the United Nations, Promoting the Public Welfare: Examples of American Co-Operation, 1945-1955

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chapter six
Epilogue: The Lamp of Experience

The present political framework of foreign affairs is nationalist. The present economic base is not. . . . This stubborn fact silently and implacably sits at every council table . . . and, without uttering a word, enters every discussion.

Adolf A. Berle, Jr., 1954


NINETEEN FIFTY-FIVE

To what point has this study now brought us? We began with a broad statement of the American philosophy of life in 1945, and the American outlook upon the world--a statement so general as possibly to seem naive and overly idealistic. If so, the three ensuing chronicles must have served to expose American weaknesses, lapses from the ideal, divisions of counsel, moods of national egotism, all

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