The Choice Before Us

Paperback | January 17, 2012

byGoldsworthy Lowes Dickinson

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This historic book may have numerous typos or missing text. Not indexed. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1917. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE CHOICE BEFORE US CHAPTER I THE FUTURE OF MILITARISM The political relations of the European States have consisted for centuries past of war and preparation for war. In the present war, this practice has culminated in a catastrophe which, it might seem, must lead to a reaction. Perhaps it may. But it certainly will not do so, unless it be by a deliberate and conscious change in the ideas and the wills of men. Meantime people already talk of the "next war." It is therefore important to make some forecast of what kind of a war that is likely to be, and, more generally, what kind of a future the continuation and extension of militarism would prepare for mankind. A Russian general, Skugarewski, has recently attempted a forecast of the next war,1 which he anticipates in ten or twenty years, if Germany is not "conclusively conquered." He starts by remarking that every war he can remember, beginning from the Crimean War, was an "unprecedented" war; and his moral is that "humanity must at last learn how to prepare for war." "In the future struggle of nations all men capable of bearing arms will be taken into the ranks of the nations' armies, and for them everything will be ready in peace-time." This will mean that Russia will have an army of forty millions and Germany of twenty millions. For an army of forty 1 See the Russian Supplement to The Times of July 29, 1916, which reproduces the general's contribution to the Russkoe Slovo. million men three hundred thousand officers will be required. To secure them " it will be necessary to introduce conscription for officers: all young men who have received not even complete middle-school education will be obliged to serve as officers." Further, it will be necessary to replace, so far as possible, by women the men who...

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This historic book may have numerous typos or missing text. Not indexed. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1917. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE CHOICE BEFORE US CHAPTER I THE FUTURE OF MILITARISM The political relations of the European States have consisted for centu...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:86 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:January 17, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217576710

ISBN - 13:9780217576710

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