Prevention of War


    THERE can be no doubt of the general and passionate determination of the great majority of the thinking youth of the world to prevent another world war. This desire is strongly expressed by the New History Society, of 132 East 65th Street, New York, and illustrated by its offer of prizes amounting in the whole to five thousand dollars for the best papers submitted on the subject of “How Can the People of the World achieve Universal Disarmament ?” The essays are to be of not more than two thousand words in length, and the prizes are variously graded from one thousand dollars downwards, so that there seems abundant opportunity for any helpful contribution sent in from any part of the world to receive some recognition. We recommend all sympathizers to obtain the necessary further particulars from the address above. The last date for the posting of the essays is May 1, 1937, so that ample time is allowed for all inquiries and for the writing of so short a composition. It will not be the length, however, but the pregnancy of what is said that will arouse attention, and one hopes most sincerely that something may be said which will bring light and hope to this most perplexing and dangerous question. Everyone knows, and most people admit, for example, that Great Britain in this matter of rearmament is acting most unwillingly and feels herself compelled to her present action by what is being done by others. If this is to go on, the vicious circle is complete. How to break it? That is the question to which the essayists will have to address themselves.

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    Prevention of War. Nature 138, 834–835 (1936).

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