The Atlantic Monthly Volume 127

The Atlantic Monthly Volume 127

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ... diplomacy, even though the means increases immeasurably the sum of human sufferings. It is clear that, from another and a higher standpoint, even national unity and national aggrandizement are too dearly bought at the price of multitudinous murder and universal unhappiness, and that in the long run the reliance on force fails. It failed for Germany: success attained by unscrupulous exercise of power must sooner or later be followed by a crash. Empire after empire has trodden the dusty road of destruction, because there has never been lasting triumph for brute force or subtle dealings. If Germany alone of modern nations (with the possible exception of Japan, who has observed that the West respects only weight of arms) has boldly proclaimed without hypocrisy the gospel of strength, and has found that strength breaking under her, countless examples of the baneful effects of a more carefully disguised employment of strength, which has equally brought countries to perdition, could be cited. Undoubtedly the diplomatists, and behind them the militarists, have nothing to boast about. But it is not necessary to condemn them utterly, for the purpose of my thesis. Accept them as necessary in this imperfect world; assume that our customary national methods are justified. It still remains true that the League is not wanted, --it is not wanted by men of good-will, at any rate, --if it is only another vehicle for the manifestations of_ the politicians. They have plenty of ways of operating, and certainly it is not by multiplying these ways that we change anything. If the League is to be only the appanage of the foreign offices, it is a delusion and a snare, and the sooner it is scrapped, the better. I hope I shall be excused for insisting again and more

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  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 28mm | 962g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236831586
  • 9781236831583