As Lord Bryce foresaw more than half a century ago, the relations of the colored and white races have become an important phase of international politics. The principle of self-determination, which grew out of World War I, could not be restricted to European peoples since non-European peoples had been influenced by the economic and social changes which were occurring in European civilization.
Two world wars and the economic changes which are transforming the world have destroyed the bases of nineteenth-century imperialism. In their struggle for self-determination some of the Asian peoples have freed themselves from European political domination while some African peoples are demanding self-determination. Nevertheless, because of the superiority of European technology and productivity, the white peoples have been able to maintain their economic dominance under new forms. The emergence of Russia as an industrial nation with a political and economic philosophy opposed to that of the West has brought into existence a system of regional power struc-