"It is intelligence and not sentiment that will give us world peace."1
To the naval officer, the question of peace or war is not an academic one. It is, on the contrary, the question which most vitally and intimately affects him, both personally and professionally. A study of the forces which make for peace or war is, therefore, not only a proper one for the naval officer, it is actually an essential one for the pursuance of his profession. In the existing strained condition of relations between nations, it may be that the safety of this nation will depend upon the correct and timely gauging of where and when war may break out.
This paper proposes a critical study of the pressures which are constantly endangering the peaceful relations between nations, and of the contiguity of high-pressure and low-pressure areas, so far as this contiguity furnishes some basis for prophesying the direction of outbreak.
This Shrinking World