The Edinburgh Review; Or Critical Journal Volume 231-232

The Edinburgh Review; Or Critical Journal Volume 231-232

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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. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...had declared to be 'contrary to the whole 'course of civilisation." American idealism saw in the provisions of the Peace Treaty, as one by one they came to light, a scornful repudiation of that principle of self-determination which, oblivious of the methods of their own expansion and of the lessons of their Civil War, they conceived it to be the peculiar mission of the United States to champion. The critics of the League were quick to interpret this temper, and to use it to reinforce their arguments. Speaking on 2nd June I919 Senator Johnson said: 'We have seen our idealism abandoned, 'our altruism forgotten. We have observed with astonishment 'and indignation our country inextricably bound in the sordid, 'cunning, secret, and crafty designs of European and Asiatic 'Governments.' 'Had President Wilson's ideals been realised 'at the Peace Conference, ' said Senator David Walsh, some months later, 'no senator would, I believe, have dared to vote 'against such a new and healthy method of preventing wars. 'It is the complete absence of the high-minded sentiments we 'proclaimed that has provoked the great opposition to the 'Covenant.'-f" The language of the responsible Republican leaders was, on occasion, scarcely less extreme. Speaking on 29th August 1919 Senator Knox said: --' The treaty, stripped of its meaningless beatific provisions, provides merely for an alliance between the five great Powers against the balance of the world... a treaty which requires us to underwrite all the regional understandings between nations, most of which are based upon oppression of weaker nations.' Senator Root. Address on ' more

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  • Paperback | 302 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 544g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236881176
  • 9781236881175