THE UNITED STATES AND THE SOVIET UNION by American Friends Service Committee


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Subtitled ""Some Quaker Proposals For Peace"" this dispassionately surveys the basic elements of difference between the U. S. and the Soviet Union in the urgent necessity of the war versus peace crisis. It has a heartening, calm, almost spiritual quality, in the profession of its belief of the Quaker ""testimony"" against war, of the ""moral insight relevant to even most difficult political issues"", and, after its discussion of the possible reconciliation of some of the differences (which turn out to be not too far apart), its recommendations for accommodations and co-existence seem to point a rational way for global organization. Based on a Quaker working party which consulted experts and observers, seeking out causes of friction and the chances of their elimination, the Society of Friends -- world over -- is here publicizing their findings, in a study which attempts to find mitigation of the present conflict, to offer a rule of world law (or in event of nonacceptance -- lose all), to explain why both Communism and Western democracy can live in the same world, to prove why there is no security in armaments competition, why both countries need restraints to aggression. Its further findings display improvements in U. S. policy in regard to economic relations in Soviet Union and Eastern European areas, to strengthening a united, neutral, politically federated Germany, and to promoting an adequate, strongly underwritten United Nations. A brief for wise statesmanship, for thinking, intelligent appraisal of East-West interdependence.

Pub Date: Nov. 23rd, 1949
Publisher: Yale University Press