In This Review

War and Its Causes
War and Its Causes
By Luther Lee Bernard
Holt, 1944, 479 pp

Much of this book sounds like the sort of intellectually and ethically unhinged stuff that passed for "objective scholarship" during the interwar years. Professor Bernard is a sociologist and his thesis that war is a "social institution" may account for part of his failure to produce a wholly rational and convincing explanation of its causes. The reader will also suspect that some of the trouble may lie in the author's prejudices, such as his Anglophobia.