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AS THE MEDIUM OF CIVILIZATION.
AUTHOR OF "THE MANUSCRIPTS OF ERDELY,
ESSAYS," “ DRAMAS,
* Of all things tending to the greatness of any Kingdom or State, the
C. MITCHELL, RED LION COURT, FLEET STREET.
TO THE RIGHT HONORABLE
THE LORD PALMERSTON,
THIS TREATISE UPON THE
Δικαιωματα των πολεμων
IS RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED.
JUSTIFICATION OF WAR
MEDIUM OF CIVILIZATION.
It is unnecessary to dilate upon the importance of the thesis which is proposed for consideration in the following pages :-namely, the civilizing influence of the martial spirit on the state of manners, and of society at large. Few subjects can be more important. It has acquired an adscititious interest from certain modern doctrines that have been broached concerning it. I venture in the present treatise to lay my own views in refutation thereof before the public. They are the result of deep meditation upon the evils as well as the advantages entailed by War,-a science, the study of which in all its bearings I commenced long before the birth of the Peace Society.
Hobbes and others have contended, from much observation, that the natural state of man is War. The