Excerpt from Political Science and Comparative Constitutional Law, Vol. 1: Sovereignty and Liberty When, a score of years ago, I first read Hegel's Philosopkie der Geschichte, I resolved that, should I ever write a book, I would dispense with an introduction. I shall w keep, substantially, that self-made promise; and yet I feel myself necessitated to preface my work with a few words, in order that I may briefly explain to the public why I presume to ask its indulgent attention to ather treatise upon an old subject, and in order that I may make due ackwledgment of my gratitude to two friends, who have rendered me invaluable service in the preparation of these volumes. I believe it was Goethe who said that men should live before they write. It is, indeed, a serious thing to ask the world to read a book. It should never be done, unless the book answers a purpose t fulfilled, or t so well fulfilled, by some book already existing. The publication of a new book in the domain of Political Science is never justifiable unless it contains new facts; or a more rational interpretation, or a more scientific arrangement, of facts already kwn; or a new theory. It is this consideration which has caused me to hesitate long before offering this work to the public, - so long that I have sometimes feared it would share the fate of Mr. Casaubon's Key. I cant claim that it contains any facts before unkwn. I believe that I advance, in some cases, a different interpretation of facts, and a different conclusion from facts, than have been, heretofore, presented. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.