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American Liberalism and World Politics: 1931-1941

American Liberalism and World Politics by James Martin

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08/27/1964James J. Martin

Liberalism's Press and Spokesmen on the Road Back to War Between Mukden and Pearl Harbor (Volumes 1 and 2)

From the foreword by John Chamberlain:

This animated jumbo of a book, which is alive with the savor and color of a long departed time when half-forgotten figures like Oswald Garrison Villard and Raymond Gram Swing were setting our intellectual attitudes, provides fascinating chart readings on the drift of liberal opinion from peace to war between 1931 and 1941. The resulting verdict on liberalism, modern American style, is melancholy any way you take it. Either the liberals were wrong at the beginning of the decade of the 'Thirties, or they were wrong at the end—which says little for the quality of their claim to intellectual leadership of the community. The record is either one of premises falsely checked or axioms mistakenly abandoned.


James J. Martin

James J. Martin (1916 –2004) was an American historian. He is best known for his work on the history of American individualist anarchism, Men Against the State, first published in 1953. Jeff Riggenbach writes about Martin in "The Story of American Revisionism."