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The Forerunners   By: (1866-1944)

The Forerunners by Romain Rolland

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THE FORERUNNERS BY ROMAIN ROLLAND

TRANSLATED BY

EDEN AND CEDAR PAUL

HARCOURT, BRACE AND HOWE NEW YORK 1920

TO

THE MEMORY OF

THE MARTYRS OF THE NEW FAITH

IN THE HUMAN INTERNATIONAL.

TO

JEAN JAURÈS,

KARL LIEBKNECHT, ROSA LUXEMBURG,

KURT EISNER, GUSTAV LANDAUER,

THE VICTIMS OF BLOODTHIRSTY STUPIDITY

AND MURDEROUS FALSEHOOD,

THE LIBERATORS OF THE MEN

WHO KILLED THEM.

R. R.

August, 1919.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PAGE

DEDICATION 5

INTRODUCTION 9

I. ARA PACIS 11

II. UPWARDS, ALONG A WINDING ROAD 15

III. TO THE MURDERED PEOPLES 23

IV. TO THE UNDYING ANTIGONE 32

V. A WOMAN'S VOICE FROM OUT THE TUMULT 34

VI. FREEDOM 37

VII. FREE RUSSIA, THE LIBERATOR 39

VIII. TOLSTOY: THE FREE SPIRIT 41

IX. TO MAXIM GORKI 45

X. TWO LETTERS FROM MAXIM GORKI 47

XI. TO THE WRITERS OF AMERICA 51

XII. FREE VOICES FROM AMERICA 55

XIII. ON BEHALF OF E. D. MOREL 67

XIV. YOUNG SWITZERLAND 69

XV. UNDER FIRE 86

XVI. AVE, CÆSAR, MORITURI TE SALUTANT 95

XVII. AVE, CÆSAR, THOSE WHO WISH TO LIVE SALUTE THEE 101

XVIII. MEN IN BATTLE 106

XIX. VOX CLAMANTIS 121

XX. A GREAT EUROPEAN, G. F. NICOLAI 140

XXI. REFLECTIONS ON READING AUGUSTE FOREL 175

XXII. ON BEHALF OF THE INTERNATIONAL OF THE MIND 185

XXIII. A CALL TO EUROPEANS 195

XXIV. OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT WILSON 204

XXV. AGAINST VICTORIOUS BISMARCKISM 207

XXVI. DECLARATION OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE MIND 209

SUPPLEMENTARY NOTE TO CHAPTER XX 217

INTRODUCTION

This book is a sequel to Above the Battle . It consists of a number of articles written and published in Switzerland between the end of 1915 and the beginning of 1919. As collective title for the work, I have chosen "The Forerunners," for nearly all the essays relate to the dauntless few who, the world over, amid the tempests of war and universal reaction, have been able to keep their thoughts free, their international faith inviolate. The future will reverence the names of these great harbingers, who have been flouted, reviled, threatened, found guilty, and imprisoned. I speak of such as Bertrand Russell, E. D. Morel, Maxim Gorki, G. F. Nicolai, Auguste Forel, Andreas Latzko, Henri Barbusse, Stefan Zweig, and the choice spirits of France, America, and Switzerland, who have fought for freedom.

To these essays I have prefixed an ode, "Ara Pacis," written during the first days of the war. It is an act of faith in Peace and Concord. Another act of faith will comprise the final chapter. This time it will be faith in action; the faith which, in the face of the brute force of states and of tyrannical opinion, proclaims the invincible independence of Thought.

I was half inclined to add to this collection a meditation upon Empedocles of Agrigentum and the Reign of Hatred .[1] But it was somewhat too long, and its inclusion would have impaired the symmetry of the volume.

In republishing the articles, I have not kept to a strictly chronological order... Continue reading book >>




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