CONTINUING THE LEGACY
OF THE ELEVENTH EDITION OF
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA


QUOTES FROM THE EDITOR OF
THE SUPPLEMENTS TO THE ELEVENTH EDITION

"If it had not been for the World War, there would not have been any occasion, so early as 1922, for a Supplement to the Eleventh Edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, as published in 1911."

"So colossal a convulsion, however, as that of the war, with consequences shown in so many unexpected directions and radically changing the world-outlook under the new conditions, made the need for this addition to universal history absolutely imperative, as a record and illumination of so dark and complex a period."

"In such circumstances there arose a clear call for the publication of a Supplement at as early a date as was practicable after the war which would allow...a reasonable modicum of disinterested international cooperation..."

"...[The supplements] enlist the most highly qualified experts and writers officially connected with Government Departments or Services, for dealing with matters familiar to them (and often known only to them)..."

"It was an integral part of the editorial policy to put aside any war-prejudice in inviting the assistance of contributors from among the nations which had fought against the Allies..."

"...these New Volumes [represent] a revival toward international cooperation by including German, Austrian and Hungarian contributors, in addition to those from countries allied or associated with the British Empire and the United States during the war."

"...many of the more violent criticisms of German action during the war are now shown, in the Anglo-Saxon spirit of fair play, to have been exaggerated for "propaganda" purposes."

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