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Out of the Ashes

Nature volume 150, pages 67 (04 July 1942) | Download Citation



THIS is the first attempt to put together the state of the world, after the Russian war but not including the Japanese. It is mainly a sketch of the British Empire, and is useful as showing the universal vigour of the island conquerors as soon as they took up the trail in the sixteenth century. It becomes an empire, and conquest was involved, but there was never any idea of world dominion. Trade, profit, adventure and the settlement of the New World led Great Britain by the end of the nineteenth century to be the premier Power in the world and an object of offence to other great Powers. Hinc illce lacrimce. With our earlier rivals-the French-a sensible agreement was made which at the moment is responsible for our command in Egypt and Suez. But the late rival was only piqued by jealousy of Great Britaii There was always a grasping and hectoring tone in Prussianized Germany, and in the Nazi regime that temper has been aggravated by the foulest stream of cruelty and lying which history relates.

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