In the Fourth Year: Anticipations of a World Peace

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Author: Wells, Herbert George (1866-1946)

Year: 1918

Publisher: Chatto & Windus

Place: London


xi+156+[32 ad] pages. Small octavo (7 3/4" x 5") bound in original dark green cloth with light green lettering to spine and cover. First edition.

Herbert George "H. G." Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946) was an English writer, now best known for his work in the science fiction genre. He was also a prolific writer in many other genres, including contemporary novels, history, politics and social commentary, even writing textbooks and rules for war games. He supported Britain in the First World War, despite his many criticisms of British policy, and opposed, in 1916, moves for an early peace. In an essay published that year he acknowledged that he could not understand those British pacifists who were reconciled to "handing over great blocks of the black and coloured races to the [German Empire] to exploit and experiment upon" and that the extent of his own pacifism depended in the first instance upon an armed peace, with "England keep[ing] to England and Germany to Germany". State boundaries would be established according to natural ethnic affinities, rather than by planners in distant imperial capitals, and overseen by his envisaged world alliance of states. In his book In the Fourth Year published in 1918 he suggested how each nation of the world would elect, "upon democratic lines" by proportional representation, an electoral college in the manner of the United States of America, in turn to select its delegate to the proposed League of Nations. This international body he contrasted with imperialism, not only the imperialism of Germany, against which the war was being fought, but also the imperialism, which he considered more benign, of Britain and France.


Small stain to front cover edge, some light shelf wears, spine heal and head corners bumped. Some foxing to jacket, some chips and tears to edges, spine age darkened, spine ends lightly chipped else a very good copy in like jacket.

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