Lawrence, T[homas] J[oseph]. The Society of Nations: Its Past, Present, and Possible Future. New York: Oxford University Press, 1919. xi, 194 pp. Reprint available May 2005 by the Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN 1-58477-562-9. Cloth. $75. * Lawrence [1849-1919] addresses the possibility of a league of nations, which was a keenly debated topic when he completed this book in October 1918. He believed that such a league will come into being because "there is a real Society of Nations, that...grew up by a gradual process of evolution which can be followed historically,...and was on the point of developing certain much needed judicial and legislative organs when the present war brought about a crisis in its life....": Introduction vi. After tracing its evolution and explaining how the war was a result of deviations from its proper path, Lawrence offers a set of proposals to create a successful league.
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