War and Other Essays - W. G. Sumner

War and Other Essays, 
by William Graham Sumner.
8.5 x 11 inches, 408 pages, Large Print Edition.
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"We have heard our political leaders say from time to time that 'War is necessary,' 'War is a good thing.' They were trying to establish a major premise which would suggest the conclusion, 'Therefore let us have a little war now,' or 'It is wise, on general principles, to have a war once in a while.' That argument may be taken as the text of the present essay. It has seemed to me worth while to show from the history of civilization just what war has done and has not done for the welfare of mankind."