James Bryce: Viscount Bryce of Dechmont, O.M. - Vol. 2

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CHAPTER XXVII

WAR AND PEACE

For nothing is so conducive to greatness of mind as the ability to examine systematically and honestly everything that meets us in life, and to regard these things always in such a way as to form a conception of the kind of universe they belong to, and of the use which the thing in question subserves in it; what value it has for the whole universe and what for man, citizen as he is of the highest state, of which all other states are but as households.

MARCUS AURELIUS.

IT is not strange that returning to England after an absence of more than six years in the United States, Bryce should have felt himself in an unfamiliar atmosphere. Outwardly things looked very much the same under George V as they appeared in the closing years of Edward VII. The Liberals were still in power, jaded, indeed, and harassed by years of close and anxious contention, but led with consummate skill by Mr. Asquith and commanding a majority adequate to all Parliamentary needs. Irish Home Rule remained the question of the day. The House of Lords, though recently deprived of its absolute veto in legislation, was still unreformed in composition and consequently open as before to the contention that it could be no efficient Second Chamber in a Democratic country. But beneath this show of continuity there were disconcerting changes, the force of which it

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Illustrations vii
  • James Bryce - Volume II 1
  • Chapter XX 28
  • Chapter XXI 44
  • Chapter XXII 62
  • Chapter XXIII 75
  • Chapter XXIV 82
  • Chapter XXV 99
  • Chapter XXVI 108
  • Chapter XXVII 121
  • Chapter XXVIII 156
  • Chapter XXIX 179
  • Chapter XXX 203
  • Chapter XXXI 261
  • Chapter XXXII 280
  • Chapter XXXIII 288
  • Chronological Table 313
  • Appendix I - In Memory of William C. G. Gladstone D. 1915. 325
  • Index 335
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