National Self-government, Its Growth and Principles: The Culmination of Modern History

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Henry Holt & Company, 1918 - Europe - 312 pages

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Page 193 - What shall it profit a Nation if it gain the whole world and lose its own Soul ? What shall a Nation give in exchange for its Soul ? " Better hardship and freedom, than luxury and thraldom.
Page 131 - Only One is master in the country. That am I. Who opposes Me I shall crush to pieces. Sic volo, sic jubeo. All of you shall have only one will, and that is My will ; there is only one law, and that is My law.
Page 198 - ... capital was repealed, and thereupon a statute was passed transferring the seat of government to Paris.1 On the second occasion (August 14, 1884), several amendments were made. Among these one of the most notable changed the provisions relating to the mode of electing senators, and another declared that the republican form of government cannot be made the subject of a proposal for revision — the object of the latter being to prevent the destruction of the Republic by constitutional means.
Page 240 - If our study of the growth of self-government in the western world has shown us anything, it is that the fortunes of self-government are bound up with the fortunes of nationalism, since it is only in communities unified by national feeling that genuine self-government is possible.
Page vii - In the second place, I have tried to use this historical survey as a means of elucidating the problems of self-government, the difficulties which it has to face, the conditions which are necessary for its success...
Page 147 - Britain the system is for the king to appoint the leader of the party which has a majority in the House of Commons.
Page 279 - race." He can lay down the proposition (it is true with the qualification that it is "loosely" asserted) that "every nation has a right to freedom," but he never explains what this freedom is, or why every nation has a right to it. He can write that "the principle of nationality . . . asserts that the unity of sentiment which we call the national spirit constitutes the only sound basis for the organisation of the State " ; but he does not tell us why this should be the case, and he never examines...
Page 167 - Some co-ordination and concentration was obviously necessary. The process was begun by the institution of the Local Government Board in 1871. But it is profoundly characteristic of Britain, and an evidence of the strength of the self-governing spirit by which the whole community was permeated, that the organisation of the British society for common purposes proceeded thus, not from the top downwards, but from the bottom upwards.
Page vii - PREFACE THE purpose of this book is twofold. In the first place, I have tried to provide a brief historical survey of the development of parliamentary institutions in the modern world...
Page 7 - These conditions are two. (In the first place, the mass of active citizens who take a share in the direction of affairs must be in some degree educated, not merely in the formal sense, though that is important, but still more in the sense of having been trained in the practice of co-operation in common affairs.

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