Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) was one of the great Catholic authors and historians of the twentieth century. Born in France, and raised in Great Britain, Belloc later became a naturalised British subject and served in Parliament from 1906 to 1910. After his brief political career Belloc continued his writing, commenting on a large variety of topics throughout his lifetime. This essay, written shortly after the outbreak of WWII (February 1940), examines the state of the war from a Catholic perspective. Belloc explains why the Catholic has a moral obligation to support the war effort against the Axis Powers, not only because of the crimes committed against the Polish and Jewish peoples, but because a loss for the Allies would mean the end of Western Civilization. He also expresses his shock at the attitudes of appeasement, and sympathy, some of his fellow countrymen hold for the enemy.
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A top notch essay on the application of Catholic social ethics to the situation at the beginning of WW2. Includes an enlightening recap of the events leading to the period of the war just prior to the fall of France. Rare to read such an unequivocal rational voice on the subject of geopolitics. Whether or not you find yourself agreeing with him you will find the engagement with his overview thesis worth having. The narrator is a tad breezy here, but still quite listenable. Time well spent!
This short book is very thought provoking. Anyone interested in the world wars will benefit from considering the main points raised, pertaining to the moral issues involved.
The reader manages the tone and voice of the book wonderfully. The reasoning of Belloc is clear and nearly unassailable. All Catholic citizens of a democracy or republic must read this book!
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