Abraham Lincoln: A Biography by Lord Charnwood

By Lord Charnwood

No different narrative account of Abraham Lincoln's lifestyles has encouraged such frequent and lasting acclaim as Charnwood's Abraham Lincoln: A Biography. Written via a local of britain and initially released in 1916, the biography is an extraordinary combination of gorgeous prose and profound old perception. Charnwood's examine of Lincoln's statesmanship brought generations of american citizens to the lifestyles and politics of Lincoln and the author's observations are so accomplished and well-supported that any severe examine of Lincoln needs to reply to his conclusions.

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Moral Principle and the Balance of Power The balance of power concept, which has dominated policy making in Europe since the inception of the nation-states, is predicated on several key assumptions: • • • • S N L 22 That all states want to prevent large-scale war and preserve the existence of at least the major states in the international system That all states are fundamentally motivated in their foreign policy by power considerations and national interests That states are willing and able to join alliances (and to change them) to prevent the dominance of any one state That there are few domestic political constraints preventing states from acting in the political arena62 The essence of the balance of power concept is thus the adroit use of diplomacy and bargaining, but it holds that force and violence can—and should—be used to perpetuate the system.

The Turkish portions of the present Ottoman Empire should be assured a secure sovereignty, but the other nationalities . . under Turkish rule should be assured . . [an] opportunity of autonomous development, and the Dardanelles should be permanently opened as a free passage to the ships and commerce of all nations. . XIII. An independent Polish state should be erected . . [with] political and economic independence and territorial integrity . . guaranteed by international covenant. XIV. A general association of nations must be formed under specific covenants for the purpose of affording mutual guarantees of political independence and territorial integrity to great and small states alike.

See Joseph S. Nye, Nuclear Ethics (New York: The Free Press, 1986); Stanley Hoffmann, Duties beyond Borders: On the Limits and Possibilities of Ethical International Politics (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1981); and Robert W. McElroy, Morality and American Foreign Policy:The Role of Ethics in International Affairs (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1992). The McElroy volume brought the Nye and Hoffmann books to my attention at p. 3, for which I am grateful. 17. Walt, “International Relations,” pp.

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