Washington and the Riddle of Peace


Read by Lee Smalley

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As an observer at the WASHINGTON CONFERENCE FOR THE LIMITATION OF ARMAMENTS held in 1921 and attended by the victorious nations of The Great War, the acclaimed author H. G. Wells wrote 29 short essays that were serialized in the New York World and other newspapers. This book is a collection of those essays. They are not a record or description of the Conference, but the impressions of one visitor. Wells noted that the failed League of Nations was the first American initiative toward an organized world peace, and in its absence “the American mind has produced this second experiment, which has been tried with the loosest of constitutions and the most severely defined and limited of aims. Instead of a world constitution we have had a world conversation.”
The essays relate “one observer’s conviction of how things can be done, and of how they need to be done, if our civilization is indeed to be rescued from the dangers that encompass it and set again upon the path of progress.” While history would not bear out all of Wells’ various expressions of optimism and pessimism, his vision of world peace nevertheless remains relevant today. ( Lee Smalley) (6 hr 3 min)

Chapters

Introduction, and The Immensity of the Issue and the Triviality of Men 24:03 Read by Lee Smalley
Armaments the Futility of Mere Limitation 17:14 Read by Lee Smalley
The Trail of Versailles Two Great Powers Are Silent and Absent 19:18 Read by Lee Smalley
The Unknown Soldier of the Great War 9:49 Read by Lee Smalley
The President at Arlington 10:21 Read by Lee Smalley
The First Meeting 9:55 Read by Lee Smalley
What Is Japan? 15:09 Read by Lee Smalley
China in the Background 12:17 Read by Lee Smalley
The Future of Japan 13:41 Read by Lee Smalley
'Security'—the New and Beautiful Catchword 8:06 Read by Lee Smalley
France in the Limelight 13:13 Read by Lee Smalley
Thus Far 9:35 Read by Lee Smalley
The Larger Question behind the Conference 8:26 Read by Lee Smalley
The Real Threat to Civilization 11:10 Read by Lee Smalley
The Possible Breakdown of Civilization 9:18 Read by Lee Smalley
What of America? 12:08 Read by Lee Smalley
Ebb Tide at Washington 12:23 Read by Lee Smalley
America and Entangling Alliances 11:05 Read by Lee Smalley
An Association of Nations 11:30 Read by Lee Smalley
France and England—the Plain Facts of the Case 10:18 Read by Lee Smalley
A Reminder about War 13:14 Read by Lee Smalley
Some Stifled Voices 10:20 Read by Lee Smalley
India, the British Empire and the Association of Nations 11:33 Read by Lee Smalley
The Other End of Pennsylvania Avenue—the Sieve for Good Intentions 12:18 Read by Lee Smalley
Africa and the Association of Nations 9:41 Read by Lee Smalley
The Fourth Plenary Session 10:08 Read by Lee Smalley
About the War Debts 10:31 Read by Lee Smalley
The Foundation Stone and the Building 13:02 Read by Lee Smalley
What a Stably Organized World Peace Means For Mankind 23:15 Read by Lee Smalley