An Inquiry Into the Nature of Peace, and the Terms of Its Perpetuation

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Cosimo, Inc., Sep 1, 2006 - Political Science - 384 pages
One of the great thinkers of the early 20th century, American economist and sociologist THORSTEIN BUNDE VEBLEN (1857-1929) is best remembered for coining the phrase "conspicuous consumption." In the waning days of World War I, he turned his expertise on a pressing issue of the day: how to create a lasting, healthy peace, and how industry might contribute to it. In this 1917 book, Veblen explores.... how the concept of patriotism can undermine efforts toward peace. how modern commerce can unify nations. why honor must be sustained by surrendering nations. how war in the 20th century is a battle between modes of government and national character. and more.ALSO FROM COSIMO: Veblen's The Vested Interests and the Common Man, The Theory of Business Enterprise, and Imperial Germany and the Industrial Revolution

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nations 203 Neutralisation of citizenship 205
213 Its chances of success 219 The course
out of the hands of the gentleman into those of
Peace and the Price System
effects of the war 303 The handicraft system

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Page 29 - ... touching the Flag, or the persons of national officials, particularly of such officials as have only a decorative use, or the costumes worn by such officials, or, again, by failure to observe the ritual prescribed for parading the national honor on stated occasions. When duly violated the national honor may duly be made whole again by similarly immaterial instrumentalities; as, eg, by recital of an appropriate formula of words, by formal consumption of a stated quantity of ammunition in the way...
Page 13 - ... been touched with a hot poker, stared around wild-eyed, and cut loose with that song you were singing. Only it wasn't that verse. It was another one further along, that went like this: Their coffin was their ship, and their grave it was the sea, Blow high, blow low, what care we; And the quarter that we gave them was to sink them in the sea, Down on the coast of the High Barbaree.

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