The Great Republic

Paperback | February 4, 2012

bySir Lepel Henry Griffin

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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. 1884. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XI. FOREIGN POLICY. IT has been seen, in the last chapter, that the United States are in no position to take an active part in foreign policy, even should they be disposed to do so. Their army, costly though it be, is only sufficient for home requirements; while the navy could not meet on equal terms that of a fourth-rate European power. But of the latent power of America there can be no doubt: and its attitude is so different from that of the French Republic, whose restlessness and insolent aggression in every quarter of the world is inconveniently conspicuous, that it would be interesting to inquire whether apathy or truculence were the normal effect of republican institutions. Especially is such an inquiry interesting and important for England with her tangle of foreign relations, and she cannot wisely adopt American institutions without determining what effect they would have on her foreign policy. We have the most exact descriptions in history of the sentiments and conditions of the fighting republics of Athens, Sparta, Florence, and Venice; and we must allow its due importance to the fiery enthusiasm which carried France triumphantly through Europe at the close of the last century. But the more attentively these instances are regarded, the more probable does it appear that the fierce and aggressive spirit which animated the policy of the Greek and Italian republics was rather oligarchical and aristocratic than democratic in the modern sense of the word. This was rcertainly the case with Italy; and although it cannot be denied that in the little wild-cat republic of Athens every freeman had as much opportunity cf voting and talking as if he had been a member of the British Parliament, yet the prevailing temper was aristocratic, as was inevita...

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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. 1884. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XI. FOREIGN POLICY. IT has been seen, in the last chapter, that the United States are in no position to take an active...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217081614

ISBN - 13:9780217081610

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