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PRINCIPLES OF INTERNATIONAL LAW
The cycles of the world's history are punctuated by great events that mark the epochs in its onward sweep. It seems as though the course of nature is to move slowly for long periods and then, with strength gathered through years or even centuries of sluggish inactivity, to leap forward at one bound into a reformed or rejuvenated world. Creasy, in his Decisive Battles of the World, in fifteen master strides, carries the student forward from Marathon to Waterloo. The close student of history, however, discovers in every period preceding a great event the natural forces quietly forming, of which the epoch producing event is but the culmination.
After the long periods of preparation or inactivity things happen rapidly and events more precipitantly. The actors upon the stage do not pause to weigh the effects of their actions, or seem to consciously control their