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ID
cx33
Title
"The Dove Has Claws."
Genre
Essay
Page Count
5
Word Count
1900
Publisher
Illustrated
Publication Year
1951
Document Types
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Social Commentary
Topics
War

On the anniversary of victory in the first World War, Bates provides a summary of British history: "during a great deal of that time we have been engaged in war, preparing for war, or recovering from war." He then argues that "the art, or perhaps more accurately, the instinct, of war is very deeply inbred" in the British people, and that acknowledgment of this, rather than holding the pretence of a peaceful nation, provides a key towards lessening future wars: we have a "tragic readiness to proclaim that we have only doves in our hands, to forget to remind our enemies, potential or otherwise, that our aptitude for belligerence is the most fearsome and remarkable in the world." In Illustrated (November 10, 1951, pp. 11-14, 45).


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