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Nature volume 131, pages 525527 (15 April 1933) | Download Citation



IT is given to few Commissions to earn such widespread approbation of their report as has been deservedly afforded to that of the Lytton Commission on the Manchurian dispute. Even the authoritative tributes to its fairness and impartiality from all over the world did not, however, avail to prevent a charge of bias being brought against it in the House of Commons. That such a charge could have been made is evidence of the lack of historical perspective which characterises so much of our political life to-day and so often obstructs progress towards a new international order, and above all persists in regarding as a moral issue what is now only a question of practical policy.

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