Patriotism and Christianity

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Patriotism and Christianity  (1896) 
by Leo Tolstoy
Translator unknown. Original Russian title: Христианство и патриотизм.

PATRIOTISM

AND

CHRISTIANITY

TO WHICH IS APPENDED

"A REPLY TO CRITICISMS" OF THE WORK

AND

"PATRIOTISM, OR PEACE?"

A Letter called forth by the Venezuelan dispute between England and the United States.

 

BY

COUNT LEO TOLSTOY

 

With a Note to English Readers by

JOHN C. KENWORTHY

 

LONDON
WALTER SCOTT, LTD., PATERNOSTER SQUARE
1896

 

NOTE TO ENGLISH READERS.

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In this remarkable work by Leo Tolstoy, which powerfully aroused European attention a year ago, the principle of "non-resistance," which is so often, by opponents, made to take a doctrinaire, or even absurd complexion, is seen in drastic application to the huge militarism under which the world groans. As reasonable people, following Tolstoy, we must ask: "What other principle of conduct than this, can possibly remove the incubus?"

To us, in England, the unusual contentions of this work may not seem so startling as to those who live under a system of compulsory military service. But a little thought reminds us that we also maintain hundreds of thousands of fighting-men, and that in paying taxes for government purposes, we are responsible for the appearance, upon the sea and in the field, of those whom Tolstoy might call "licensed murderers." So that the obligation of conscience raised by this book is equally binding upon all, whether Russian or English, French or American.

JOHN C. KENWORTHY.

 March, 1896.

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Original:
This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.
 
Translation:
This work was published before January 1, 1923 and it is anonymous or pseudonymous due to unknown authorship. It is in the public domain in the United States as well as countries and areas where the copyright terms of anonymous or pseudonymous works are 91 years or less since publication.