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Concepts of Human Progress

Nature volume 142, pages 729730 (22 October 1938) | Download Citation



A FORTNIGHT ago, in an article entitled “The Promotion of Peace”, we referred to events which claimed the interest of the whole civilized world, and upon the settlement of which depended the lives of millions of people. We were able to record that, as the result of consultations between statesmen, an agreement was reached which, though its justice may be disputed, prevented nations from being thrust wantonly over the precipice into a world-war. Thanks to the facilities of rapid transit and world-wide direct communication, which science has placed at the service of statesman and press, the full weight of the world's judgment was brought to bear as the hour of crisis drew near, until perhaps–who can say?–it turned the scale. Had such rapid and extensive means of making plain the judgment and trend of opinion among peoples been available in 1914, actions which resulted in the Great War might have been averted.

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