THE TAMING OF THE RATIONS by F.S.C. Northrop

THE TAMING OF THE RATIONS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Any single paragraph report on so scholarly a study of the cultural bases of international policy is presumptions, confessedly superficial, and only to be considered beyond a merely scholarly audience, with The Meeting of East and West, and a recent article in the ""Asia"" issue of Life....In this book he argues that the days of national self-interest are past; any constructive international policy demands study of the inner order of beliefs and habits first; then a relating of these to the natural compatibility or contradiction between nations; finally to the framing of foreign policy and international law in the light of these findings. The choice today lies between collaboration and suicide. He analyzes the techniques of the new science of international affairs. He uses as a proving ground Asia which must have a central place in our foreign policy, with special focus on the India of Nehru, the failure of Chiang Kai-shek to establish western democracy in China, the resurgence of Islam, the foundations for other than democracy offered by the social institutions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism. We must tap the spiritual resources and moral principles of the cultural world in the cause of peace.

Pub Date: Nov. 3rd, 1952
Publisher: Macmillan