Towards International Government.London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1915 Stock Code: 139916
NotesFirst edition, first impression, inscribed "With the Writer's kind regards" to the front free endpaper and with the ownership inscription of Liberal MP P. A. Molteno. Written against the backdrop of the First World War, Hobson defends the establishment of international government and institutions, which would enhance the domestic role of states to counter entrenched elites, and would bring about universal free trade and world peace. "He foresaw nationalities co-operating, overcoming the narrow limits of nationalism, and subject to democratic procedures. He recommended their engagement in structured federative collaboration through international organizations such as a league of nations, and even in forms of international government buttressed by arbitration and conciliation as well as force" (ODNB). Hobson was disappointed with the actual League of Nations however, and towards the end of his life, with the rise of fascism, he became more pessimistic about the prospects of mankind.
Provenance: from the library of Liberal MP Percy Alport Molteno, a Cape Colony born lawyer who pioneered the South African export fruit industry through his introduction of refrigerated shipping. A strong advocate of responsible government and a staunch opponent to the Boer War, his underlining in this copy demonstrates his agreement with much of Hobson's arguments.
Octavo. Original red cloth, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, front cover lettered in black and ruled in blind.
Bleach splashmarks to spine and rear board, top edge with bleed stain from the cloth; side-ruling and under-lining in pencil and black ink; a good copy.
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