Excerpt from Some Fundamental Issues of the Present War Germany treating of the causes of the War and the merits of the controversy as between the parties to it. Studying this liter ature, one is at once impressed by two facts: one sees very clearly (i) that in such a crisis as this, education, culture and mental train ing, even of the highest kind, count for little or thing as against strong national sentiment; and (2) that it is almost, if t quite, im possible in such a crisis as this to find a man who can and will judge the issues involved from an absolutely judicial and purely intellectual standpoint. Indeed, it is hardly too much to say that the man who can and will judge in such a way the issues of such a controversy is little short of a monstrosity. All English writers - men of letters, scientists, philosophers almost without exception, are intensely convinced that, in this war, England is morally right and Germany is morally wrong; that it is for the best interests of civilization that the Allies should win; and that the blame for the war and for all the horrors that go with it lies at the door of Germany and t at the door of England. On the other hand, all the highest and most cultured minds in Germany believe with equal intensity the direct opposite of all this. They lay all the blame upon England and Russia and they pray God to defend the right with the most absolute conviction as to where the right lies. 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.