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April 12,1934, Page 3


          Mr. Henry Klein, tutor in the History Department, spoke on the economic rivalry between Germany and England and its relation to the World War, before about 150 students at the Social Science Club anti-war meeting on Wednesday.

          The speaker claimed that the rivalry between these nations in trade and foreign markets was responsible for the World War. In making this statement, he disagreed with Professor Clarkson of the History Department who said, at the last meeting of the club last Wednesday that the economic interdependence of Germany and England would have created a political and consequently an economic alliance between the two nations.

          By quoting statistics, Mr. Klein showed that Germany cut holes in English foreign trade. This practice resulted in the decline of English trade from 1880. The tremendous increase in German shipping and manufacturing was directly responsible for this effect on England. There was also, before 1914, keen competition between the two nations for foreign markets, particularly in English colonies, the speaker pointed out.

          Mr. Klein concluded his talk by stating, "Economic rivalry between England and Germany would lead the two nations to war. I don't know why, but it did."

          Dr. Theresa Wolfson, of the Economics Department, and Dr. Howard Selsam, of the Philosophy Department, who were previously scheduled to speak, were unable to do so because of a faculty meeting. Dorothy Sayan, president of the Social Science club read n letter froth Dr. Selsam, faculty adviser of the group, in which he said that the money now spent for battleships should he spent on education.


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