In This Review

The Commonwealth of Man
The Commonwealth of Man
By Frederick L. Schuman
Knopf, 1952, 494 pp.

In this inquiry into present international politics, Professor Schuman asserts that world government, to him the only feasible escape from the present situation, can be attained, if at all, through a "voluntary extension of the principles of federalism to the whole society of nations," and not through the "functionalist" approach or by the way of collective security. His tendency to see the activities of the world's policy makers as "an adventure in a nightmare or in the strange land described by Lewis Carroll" lends an air of unreality to his own argument.