Democracy and the Great War

Democracy and the Great War

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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. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...since, the inner principle of the Monroe Doctrine, the protection of the weak nation against the strong, has now gained a recognized place in the conscience of the world. It is the verdict of an international conscience that is felt today, in the declaration that such defiance of the principle of nationality as has been committed against France and the Slavic peoples of Europe should not longer be tolerated by civilized nations, --and more, that these wrongs must be redressed. The "European system" was based upon the doctrine of the Balance of Power. By this principle, the distribution, division or annexation of territory was the concern of kings in whom all government was vested. The people wereonly as herds of cattle. The royal solicitude was to keep an equilibrium of power among the states. When the great awakening came at the opening of the nineteenth century, the people began to feel that a nation is a living organism, a thing of growth, of which the people themselves are the essential elements, whose government should be suited to their particular race, language, literature, customs, traditions and needs, and should be administered by their own elected oflicials. The French Revolution gave a sharp spur to this new national self-consciousness. The arbitrary policy of Napoleon greatly intensified it; it was largely the opposition he called forth that resulted in the series of uprisings against which the Holy Alliance was formed. Despite all reactionary efforts, racial and political independence was attained in Greece and Belgium, and strong national movements in Italy and Germany made for Italian and German unity; in the Balkan peninsula six independent states came into being out of territory ruled by the Turks. The...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123688681X
  • 9781236886811