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Backgrounds of Conflict: Ideas and Forms in World Politics
Backgrounds of Conflict: Ideas and Forms in World Politics
By Kurt London
Macmillan, 1945, 487 pp

Dr. London has here undertaken the formidable task of analyzing the political philosophies and systems of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, feudal and imperial Japan, Soviet Russia, the British Commonwealth of Nations and the United States. Though he takes up each of these countries in turn, there is an underlying element of comparison and contrast between democracy and its enemies -- the Soviet Union he classes as "the great transition." The author's method is a combination of the historical and the socio-political. Selective bibliographies accompany each section.