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SCIENCE OF POLITICS
SHELDON AMOS, M.A.
BARRISTER-AT-LAW; AUTHOR OF 'THE SCIENCE OF LAW' ETC.; LATE PROFESSOR
OF JURISPRUDENCE IN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, LONDON, AND TO THE
INNS OF COURT; LATE EXAMINER IN CONSTITUTIONAL
HISTORY TO THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
KEGAN PAUL, TRENCH, & CO., 1 PATERNOSTER SQUARE
I HAVE done my best to avoid the temptation of constructing an ideal polity founded on mere guesses and hopes.
That there is an ideal polity for each State, if not one for all States, I steadfastly believe. But it is only to be discovered in the paths of history and observation.
In passing from the Science of Law' to that of Politics, some change of method is inevitable, owing to the superior complexity and larger range of the subjectmatter. But the exercise, once become familiar in the narrower field, of applying a severe terminology and logical process to ethical notions will be found of the highest service in the wider field.
A two years' journey round the world, in the course of which I visited the chief centres of political life, ancient and modern, in Europe, America, Australasia, Polynesia, and North Africa, has not only helped me with illustrations, but has been of no small use in stimulating thought.