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TO THE SECOND GERMAN EDITION

The present edition contains changes in expression and in fact as well as a few additions. As a result the whole book has, I think, been improved. I am thankful to my critics for many observations. Whenever praise or blame have been dictated by partisanship, I have ignored them. To me the point that matters has been made by the French translator : "Readers (whether of the right or of the left) \vho have made up their minds in advance* may perhaps grumble. But what good is a book if it does not arouse strong feelings? . . . But the person of honest mind will realize that nothing is so like the times, the people, the problems and the cares of today as those of yesterday/ 1

J. B,


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