Washington And The Riddle Of Peace

Washington And The Riddle Of Peace
Auteur: H.G. Wells
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  • 9781406775280
  • maart 2007
  • 316 pagina's
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H.G. Wells

"Herbert George Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946), usually referred to as H. G. Wells, was an English writer. He was prolific in many genres, writing dozens of novels, short stories, and works of social commentary, satire, biography, and autobiography, including even two books on war games. He is now best remembered for his science fiction novels and is often called a ""father of science fiction"", along with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback.[a]

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WASHINGTON AND THE BIDDLE OF PEACE INTRODUCTION THESE twenty-nine papers do not profess to be a record or description of the Washin toh Conference. They give merely the impressions and fluctuating ideas of one visitor to that con ference. They show the reaction of that gath ering upon a mind keenly set upon the idea of an organized world peace they record phases of enthusiasm, hope, doubt, depression and irri tation. They have scarcely been touched, ex cept to correct a word or a phrase here or there they are dated in all essentials they are the articles just as they appeared in the New York World, the Chicago Tribune, and the other American and European papers which first gave them publicity. It is due to the enterprise and driving energy of the New York World, be it noted, that they were ever written at all. But in spite of the daily change and renewal of mood and attitude, inevitable under the circum vi In t roduct ion stances, tlicy do tell a consecutive story they tell of the growth and elaboration of a convic tion of how things can be done, and of how they need to be done, if our civilization is indeed to be rescued from the dangers that encompass it and set again upon the path of progress. They i ecord and in a very friendly and apprecia tive spirit the birth and unfolding of 1he As sociation of Nations 7 idea, the Harding idea, of world pacification, they note some of Ihe peculiar circumstances of that birth, and they study the chief difficulties on its way to realiza tion. It is, the writer believes, the most practi cal and hopeful method of attacking this riddle of the Sphinx that has hitherto been proposed, H. GL THE IMMENSITY OF THE ISSUE AND THE TRIVIALITY OF MENWashington, Nov. 7. THE conference nominally for the limitation of armaments that now gathers at Washington may become a cardinal event in the history of mankind. It may mark a turning point in human affairs or it may go on record as one of the last failures to stave off the disasters and destruction that gather about our race. In August, 1914, an age of insecure progress and accumulation came to an end. When at last, on the most momentous summer night in history, the long preparations of militarism burst their bounds and the little Belgian village Vise went up in flames, men said This is a catastrophe. 7 But they found it hard to antici pate the nature of the catastrophe. They 1 2 Washington and the Riddle of Peace thought for the most part of the wounds and killing and burning of war and imagined that when at last the war was over we should count our losses and go on again much as we did bo fore 1914. As well might a little shopkeeper murder his wife in the night and expect to carry on busi ness as usual in the morning. Business an usual 7 that was the catchword in Britain in 1914 of all the catchwords of the world it car ries now the heaviest charge of irony, The catastrophe of 1914 is still going on. It does not end it increases and spreads. This winter more people will suffer dreadful things and more people will die untimely through ihe clash of 1914 than suffered and died in the first year of the war. It is true that the social col lapse of Russia in 1917 and the exhaustion of food and munitions in Central Europe in 191 B produced a sort of degradation and enfeeble merit of the combatant efforts of our race and that a futile conference at Versailles Bottled nothing, with an air ofsettling everything but that was no more an end to disaster than it The Immensity of the Issue 3 would be if a man who was standing up and re ceiving horrible wounds were to fall down and writhe and bleed in the dust. It would be merely a new phase of disaster. Since 1919 this world has not so much healed its wounds as realized its injuries. Chief among these injuries is the progressive economic breakdown, the magnitude of which we are only beginning to apprehend. The breakdown is a real decay that spreads and spreads...



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