From the FOREWORD. It would seem that the many books and articles thus far published on the European war of 1914 must have told the whole story, but certain events that have impressed themselves upon me seem not to have been traced in any, and so I feel constrained to point them out, especially because the evidence that I shall present from Boer sources has never been published so far as I know, and should be laid before the jury of the nation and historians that will render final verdict upon this case. That jury of ...
From the FOREWORD. It would seem that the many books and articles thus far published on the European war of 1914 must have told the whole story, but certain events that have impressed themselves upon me seem not to have been traced in any, and so I feel constrained to point them out, especially because the evidence that I shall present from Boer sources has never been published so far as I know, and should be laid before the jury of the nation and historians that will render final verdict upon this case. That jury of historians will, as always before judging the evidence, try the witness, so my readers will pardon me if I precede my narrative of events by an account of myself, how I happened to secure my knowledge, and what my invalidating biases may be. I believe that I am typically American. My grandparents came to America when my parents were children, and were among the Pilgrim Fathers of the immigration into the West, their motive, faith in America and discontent with certain temporary infringements upon liberty in the Netherlands, that home of liberty. I have never known more devoted Americans than my father and mother were. My father's keen interest in American and Dutch history probably stimulated me, for even before I had reached the university my interest was vivid and so wide that nothing that was human was foreign to me. My seminary course of the university led me into Austrian and Russian history in a study of the Near Eastern question, or Balkan problem, as it was in 1889. I left the university strongly prejudiced in favor of England, owing to the fact that her affairs had occupied a disproportionate amount of our consideration and that almost all of the history that we read had been from English sources and written under the national bias. It has taken me twenty-five years to realize how wise Washington Irving was when he said that the world's history will have to be rewritten in America to secure a just consideration for all. I was brought up in reverence for the Republican party, but came to admire greatly some things that President Cleveland did, and have ever since given my admiration irrespective of party. The contemporary history of the intervening years I followed rather closely by means of London publications, so my information is not to be discounted as coming from enemy sources. I have been keenly in sympathy with the great English Liberals in their struggle against modern imperialism in England, and Leonard Courtney, Gilbert Chesterton, Bernard Shaw, Philip Snowden, Frank Harris, Francis Neilson, and a host of others who have stood against the imperial policies of their country are my heroes, along with the great English Liberals of the past age, Matthew Arnold, Carlyle, Morris, Hunt, Keats, Shelley, Byron, and Browning, whose patriotism led them to tell their country her sins in the hope to save her from wrong-doing. This seems to me true patriotism and the correct interpretation of "my country wrong or right." The thing which would cheer on our country when she is wrong is unworthy of the name of patriotism and will lead her to destruction, so my prayer is and will continue to be, God speed the right and chastise us into the path of right-doing . When I say that the facts of this war seem to me to incriminate England, it is not because I have a German bias. I have not had access to the German side of the story, except recently in pamphlets and periodicals, which I try to read with discrimination, keeping in mind the principle that bias and deliberate attempts at deception in enemy literature are pitfalls that must be avoided. Of course I have admired greatly the literature, science, public economy, and general administration, in which Germany has led the world.
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