- The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 19 Feb 1914, p. 156-156
- Mavor, Professor James, Speaker
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- Defining the balance of power as the equilibrium of political forces at a particular moment. The processes whereby it may be disturbed, and whereby it may be re-established. A wide historical survey, including a masterly analysis of events in recent times. The supreme task of diplomacy. Knowing what to do when the balance of power has been disturbed. Skilful statesmanship. [Synopsis only of this address available.]
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- "THE BALANCE OF POWER IN EUROPE"
This was the subject of an Address before the Empire Club by PROFESSOR JAMES MAVOR, professor of Political Economy in the University of Toronto, on Thursday, Feb. 19th, 194
Defining the balance of power as the equilibrium of political forces at a particular moment, the speaker exhibited the processes whereby it may be disturbed, and whereby it may be re-established. In a wide historical survey, which included a masterly analysis of events in recent times, the speaker showed how often critical situations arise; and the equilibrium is threatened by apparently trifling incidents.
The supreme task of diplomacy is to know what to do when the balance of power has been disturbed, and to prevent its being more disturbed. Skilful statesmanship, at many critical junctures, had proven itself to be one of the very highest forms of human achievement for the welfare of nations.