Excerpt from Civilization and the World War N this supreme war belligerents and neutrals plead that what they do is done in the interests of civilization. Each people sincerely believes that its own existence is bound up with the safety and welfare of civilization, to which the war has become a menace. Evidently this is the bond, real or supposed, which gives to each belligerent group a common cause. To invoke civilization is to appeal to a patriotism both higher and more comprehensive than national patriot ism, and also more fundamental, for its concern is for the security and well-being of those things precious to all men, outlasting the lives and fortunes of particular states. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.