Southern Methodist Review Volume 4, No. 1

Southern Methodist Review Volume 4, No. 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ... six millions of men determined to resist. No army that could be thrown across the frontier could find the means of penetrating a compact population, of whom every man was a soldier and every man fighting for his home. Such was the condition of ancient Israel, and as such they needed no other defense. But this strong force was only intended for defense. They were not allowed the use of cavalry, for they were not to attempt to invade or conquer surrounding nations. This we regard as an admirable feature in their political system. We know that the extension of territory by conquest was one of the fatal causes of the decline and fall of the great empires of antiquity. The vast tributes of corn and gold from the provinces ruined Rome. Luxury, idleness, and the licentiousness that followed overthrew all that was good and strong. The extremities were too far from the heart; the life-blood of political power ran feebly, and stagnated, until from mortal decay the several parts fell asunder and perished. It may be that the press, diffusing a common language, common ideas, and the intercommunication resulting from railroads and telegraphs, may so unite us and establish such a homogeneity as to avert from the great republic the calamity of a too extended territory. The union of the Jewish states, or tribes, into one federation, without the power of enlarging their territories, was just the condition to insure the integrity of their soil, the perpetuity of their institutions, and the largest and most permanent well-being. This policy saved them from the evils of national debt, and from the danger to which public liberty is always exposed by the presence of a large body of hireling soldiery. An able writer remarks that the mode in which property is...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236525728
  • 9781236525727