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Letters to "The Times" upon War and Neutrality (1881-1920)   By: (1835-1926)

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Letters to "The Times" upon War and Neutrality (1881-1920) by Thomas Erskine Holland is a remarkable collection of insightful and thought-provoking letters that provide invaluable historical context to the complex topics of war and neutrality during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Holland, a renowned legal scholar and diplomat, compiles his letters published in The Times newspaper during the significant period spanning 1881 to 1920. These letters serve as a powerful testimony to his erudition and deep understanding of international affairs, particularly the ethical and legal aspects of armed conflicts and neutrality.

One of the outstanding features of this book is its comprehensive coverage of a wide range of events and issues that shaped this tumultuous period. Holland eloquently addresses important events such as the Russo-Turkish War, the First and Second Boer Wars, World War I, and the subsequent peace negotiations. As a reader, I appreciate the author's ability to provide insightful analysis and draw logical conclusions from the vast amount of international and legal information available to him at the time.

Moreover, Holland's skillful argumentation and his ability to present complex concepts in a clear and concise manner make this book accessible to both legal professionals and general readers interested in history and international relations. His letters navigate the delicate balance between legal doctrine and practical diplomacy, providing nuanced perspectives on the legalities of war, justifications for neutrality, and the implications of international treaties and agreements.

The book's historical value is further enhanced by the inclusion of relevant appendices containing important documents such as letters, treaties, and international agreements. These additional resources enrich the reader's understanding of the context in which Holland's letters were written and lend credibility to his arguments.

Furthermore, Holland's writing style is both engaging and scholarly, demonstrating a passion for his subject matter while maintaining a rigorous academic approach. His logical reasoning and vast knowledge shine through every letter, and his ability to convey complex legal concepts in an accessible way is commendable.

One minor drawback, however, is the absence of introductory explanations or footnotes that could provide further contextual information for readers who may be less familiar with the historical events and legal concepts discussed. While Holland's expertise is undeniable, some readers might find it helpful to have additional explanations to fully grasp the significance and implications of certain events or legal principles.

In conclusion, Letters to "The Times" upon War and Neutrality (1881-1920) is an invaluable collection that sheds light on the intricate nexus of war, neutrality, and the legal intricacies surrounding international conflicts during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Holland's keen observations, nuanced arguments, and extensive knowledge offer readers a unique and compelling perspective, making this book an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the history of international relations or international law.

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LETTERS

UPON

WAR AND NEUTRALITY

(1881 1920)

LETTERS TO "THE TIMES"

UPON

WAR AND NEUTRALITY

(1881 1920)

WITH SOME COMMENTARY

BY

SIR THOMAS ERSKINE HOLLAND K.C., D.C.L., F.B.A.

FELLOW OF ALL SOULS COLLEGE SOMETIME CHICHELE PROFESSOR OF INTERNATIONAL LAW MEMBRE (PRÉSIDENT 1913) DE L'INSTITUT DE DROIT INTERNATIONAL ETC., ETC.

THIRD EDITION

LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO. 39 PATERNOSTER ROW, LONDON

FOURTH AVENUE & 30TH STREET, NEW YORK BOMBAY, CALCUTTA, AND MADRAS

1921

PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION

For a good many years past I have been allowed to comment, in letters to The Times , upon points of International Law, as they have been raised by the events of the day. These letters have been fortunate enough to attract some attention, both at home and abroad, and requests have frequently reached me that they should be rendered more easily accessible than they can be in the files of the newspaper in which they originally appeared.

I have, accordingly, thought that it might be worth while to select, from a greater number, such of my letters as bear upon those questions of War and Neutrality of which so much has been heard in recent years, and to group them for republication, with some elucidatory matter (more especially with reference to changes introduced by the Geneva Convention of 1906, The Hague Conventions of 1907, and the Declaration of London of the present year) under the topics to which they respectively relate... Continue reading book >>




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