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Author of "A Survey of International Relations between the
United States and Germany, August 1, 1914-April

6, 1917," Editor of "Diplomatic Correspond-
ence between the United States and
Germany, August 1, 1914-
April 6, 1917"

Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just
powers from the consent of the governed.

-The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United
States of America, July 4, 1776.

The law of nations is founded upon reason and justice, and
the rules of conduct governing individual relations between
citizens or subjects of a civilized state are equally applicable
as between enlightened nations.

-President Cleveland's Special Message to Congress,
December 18, 1893.

The world must be made safe for democracy.
-President Wilson's War Address to Congress,
April 2, 1917.

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The publishers announce, separate and distinct from, but to be used in connection with the present volume, the Diplomatic Correspondence Between the United States and Germany, from August 1, 1914, to April 6, 1917, the date of the declaration of a state of war by the Congress of the United States against the Imperial German Government, and a Survey of International Relations Between the United States and Germany, during the same period. These volumes are of the same format as President Wilson's Foreign Policy.

President Wilson's views upon foreign policy were important during the neutrality of the United States, and it is even more important to understand them now, inasmuch as they are the views of the United States at war and indicate in no uncertain way the attitude which the United States under President Wilson's guidance may be expected to assume in the negotiations which must one day bring about peace to a long-suffering and war-ridden world. This volume is of interest to Mr. Wilson's countrymen; it is of interest to the belligerents; it is of interest to the neutrals, whose cause Mr. Wilson has championed.

The differences of opinion, crystallizing into opposition, and resulting eventually in war between the United States and Germany, are stated clearly, unmistakably, and officially in the Diplomatic Correspondence between the two Governments since the outbreak of the European War in 1914, and up to the declaration of war by the United States because of the controversies between the two countries. The Diplomatic Correspondence makes the case of the United States, just as the Diplomatic Correspondence is the defense of Germany. Upon this Correspondence each country rests its case, and upon this Correspondence each is to be judged. It is thought best to present it in a volume by itself, disconnected from narrative

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