The Twenty Years' Crisis, 1919-1939: An Introduction to the by E. H. Carr, Michael Cox

By E. H. Carr, Michael Cox

E. H. Carr's vintage paintings on diplomacy, released in 1939, was once instantly famous by means of pal and foe alike as a defining paintings. the writer was once probably the most influential and arguable intellectuals of the 20 th century. the problems and subject matters he built proceed to have relevance to trendy day issues with strength and its distribution within the overseas procedure. Michael Cox's severe advent presents the reader with history information regarding the writer, the context for the e-book, and its major subject matters and modern relevance.

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3 B. Russell in Atlantic Monthly, clix. ( February 1937), p. 155. -30 hilate it. " 1 The Protocol was the "system". Such presumption could only provoke nemesis. Once it came to be believed in League circles that salvation could be found in a perfect card-index, and that the unruly flow of international politics could be canalised into a set of logically impregnable abstract formulae inspired by the doctrines of nineteenth-century liberal democracy, the end of the League as an effective political instrument was in sight.

The last French disciple of Adam Smith, Yves Guyot, assisted perhaps by the accident that the French word concurrence means "collaboration" as well as "competition", wrote a work entitled La Morale de la Concurrence. Among English writers who applied this evolutionary principle to international politics, the most popular was Bagehot : Conquest is the premium given by nature to those national characters which their national customs have made most fit to win in war, and in most material respects those winning characters are really the best characters.

2 America's entry into the war entailed no modification of Wilson's faith in the rightness of popular judgment. He took up the cue in one of the speeches in which he discussed the future conditions of peace: It is the peculiarity of this great war that, while statesmen have seemed to cast about for definitions of their purpose ____________________ 1 The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson: The New Democracy, ed. R. S. Baker , i. p. 206. R. S. Baker, Woodrow Wilsox: Life and Letters, iii. p. 173. 2 -32- and have sometimes seemed to shift their ground and their point of view, the thought of the mass of men, whom statesmen are supposed to instruct and lead, has grown more and more unclouded, more and more certain of what it is they are fighting for.

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