Langer, William L.
January 1936
Foreign Affairs;Jan1936, Vol. 14 Issue 2, p354
The article presents information on some recent books on international relations. One such book is "Dictatorship and Democracy," by Sir John A.R. Marriott. Professor Marriott's effort in the book is to put the problem of democracy and dictatorship into the proper historical perspective. He therefore reexamines the history of dictatorships from the Greeks down through the ages, asking why they were established, what they accomplished, and what was their function in the broad sweep of human development. This approach leads him to the conclusion that dictatorships may have their uses. Another book is "Quack, Quack!," by Leonard S. Woolf. A keen and provocative writer on world affairs, Woolf scores some telling blows against the intellectual and political currents that have led to fascism in its various forms. Another book is "The United States in World Affairs in 1934-1935," by Whitney H. Shepardson in collaboration with William O. Scroggs. This annual survey remains a standard reference work; and it also makes good reading. The subjects treated are by no means limited to diplomatic history. Three chapters deal with gold and government credit, silver and the price level, and the possibilities of international stabilization. There is a description of the recent trade treaties as an attempt to increase American commerce.


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