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(1923) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen - Tema: Russia
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RUSSIA AND PEACE


CHAPTER I
RUSSIA AND THE ECONOMIC
EQUILIBRIUM OF EUROPE



In these days there is an uncanny, debilitating
suspicion in the air that the old world is sick,
that the civilisation and the social organisation of
the West have gone into liquidation, and that its
peoples’ vitality has broken down.

It seemed reasonable to expect that when the
four years’ bloodstained nightmare of the World
War was at length ended, the peoples of Europe
would resolutely pull themselves together, and unite
all their forces in the reconstructive labours of
peace; and it was hoped that following on the
great effort of rebuilding all that had been smashed
to ruins, and of paying the overwhelming debts
incurred by the various nations, a new era of
prosperity would dawn for the countries of the West.

But nothing of the kind has happened. The
hurricane of war has by no means cleared the air.

We hoped for “a disarmament of men’s minds,”
but the fell crop of hostility and national hatred
is shooting up and spreading worse than ever
between former enemies, and even former allies

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