TEN years after the Armistice, it is now possible, and appropriate, to look back on the Great War with historical perspective, and to appraise the character and services of its statesmen. Since November, 1918, conditions and points of view in the various belligerent countries have changed vitally; the great reputations of the war period can now be evaluated in the light of events. This volume contains portraits of the leading statesmen of the war, in which are brilliantly etched the individually and the achievement of each.
William Martin, it is no exaggeration to say, is the one man best equipped to attempt such a task. Since 1924 he has been Foreign Editor of the Journal de Genève and in 1914 was already an acknowledged expert on international affairs. Since then his opportunity to observe and adjudge the progress of world events has been unexampled---the War swirled about him for four years, and, since the formation of the League of Nations, Geneva has been the poliical center of the world.
An amazing pageant it is that Mr. Martin sets before us in this epochal book ---a study of human contrasts in light and shade against a background of world conflict.
Fully illustrated with photographs
MINTON, BALCH & COMPANY, NEW YORK
WILLIAM LOUIS MARTIN was born in Geneva, in 1888, of Swiss parents. He was educated at Geneva and Berlin and, in 1908, took his degree in law, the following year in political science, and, in 1910, his doctorate in law. From 1907 to 1914 he was in Berlin as correspondent for the Journal de Genève and for the Journal des Débats (Paris). During the first year of the War he was attached to the General Staff of the Swiss army. He was Paris correspondent for the Journal de Genève in 1915-16 and political leader writer from 1917 to 1919. In 1918, as one of a Swiss press mission, he traveled widely through the United States. In 1919 he was in the Section of Information of the Secretaries of the League of Nations and for the next four years he was technical adviser for the International Labor Office. Since 1924 he has been Foreign Editor of the Journal de Genève.
Mr. Martin has been a professor ad interim at the University of Geneva, of the diplomatic history of Switzerland and International Law. Among the books he has written are: La Crise Politique de l'Allemagne Contemporaine (1913) ; Sur les routes de la Victoire (1916) ; and Histoire de la Suisse (1926). He has contributed to many English and American newspapers and magazines: among them, The Atlantic Monthly, The Forum, the New York World, The Christian Science Monitor, The Spectator, The Contemporary Review, and The Quarterly Review.
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