Is America Safe For Democracy?; Six Lectures Given At The Lowell Institute Of Boston, Under The…

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byWilliam Mcdougall

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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. 1921. Excerpt: ... Having found reasons for assigning certain qualities to the three great races of Europe, we are attempting to apply this hypothesis to the explanation of that striking difference between the French and British nations which is summed up in the phrase--the prevalence in France of the spirit of protection, in Britain of the spirit of independence. I said that the greater sociability of the French, which I attributed to the greater strength of the gregarious impulse in the Mediterranean and Alpine races, goes some way to explain this difference; and that the stronger curiosity of the Nordic race would also contribute to this difference. But the differences between the institutions and customs of the two peoples at home and abroad seem to require the assumption of a further difference of innate quality. The Briton's intolerance of authority, his dislike of being controlled, governed, administered, and his preference for individual initiative, show themselves in all his conduct of affairs; they are well expressed in the accepted dictum that the British, when engaged in in H2 FRENCH LEADERSHIP any large enterprise, "muddle through" somehow. They have always had to "muddle through," because they will not submit to being deliberately organized and led, according to any logically thought-out scheme. The first partial exception in their history was the acceptance of compulsory military service under the extreme pressure of the Great War. The French, on the other hand, have always been ready to accept organization and leadership, to look for it to the State or to some man of dominating personality--a Napoleon, a Gambetta, a Boulanger, or a Richelieu. We may note in passing that this tendency to seek personal leadership seems to be still stronger in the Germans, amon...

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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. 1921. Excerpt: ... Having found reasons for assigning certain qualities to the three great races of Europe, we are attempting to apply this hypot...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:46 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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