The Rebuilding of Europe: A Survey of Forces and Conditions

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ments. The Austrian-Serbian-Russian conflict, promoted by Germany with ulterior designs, did not in any way involve forms of government. All the participants were monarchies, and no issue for or against democracy was presented. When France and England, acting as their interests and obligations required, were afterward forced into the fray, even then there was no question of the internal organization of governments, but it was seen to be a war for the salvation of Europe as a society of independent states. It has never become a war for democracy in the sense that there is an attempt by any nation to universalize a democratic form of government. That would be a doubtful venture, inconsistent with the true nature of democracy.

The truth is that the Great War is a revolution against the alleged rights of arbitrary force, rendered necessary by the failure to reach the goal of a secure international organization by an evolutionary process.

Modern nations have succeeded, with a few exceptions, in developing constitutional governments in which ideas of justice have been embodied in systems of law, but they have also in

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