1st Edition

The Ordeal of this Generation The War, the League and the Future

By Gilbert Murray Copyright 1929
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    Originally published in 1929, profound changes, political, social, economic and intellectual, had taken place during the previous fifty years in the environment of civilized man, and it was still doubtful whether or not he would succeed in understanding them and adapting himself to meet them. That is the “ordeal” which forms the subject of these lectures, delivered in the autumn of 1928 under the auspices of the Sir Halley Stewart Trust. The trust was founded in 1924 for research towards the Christian ideal in all social life.

    This book is a re-issue originally published in 1929. The language used and views portrayed are a reflection of its era and no offence is meant by the Publishers to any reader by this re-publication.

    Preface.  1. Peace and Strife as Elements in Life: The Ideal of “Unhindered Activity”  2. The Civilization of the Nineteenth Century  3. The Felt Need  4. The World Inside the Covenant  5. The World Outside the Covenant  6. From Chaos to Cosmos  7. The Special Problems of the British Empire in Relation to the League of Nations.


    Gilbert Murray (1866–1957) was a classical scholar, peace activist, and prominent humanist. As well as a distinguished classical scholar, he was an original and active member of the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief, founded in 1942, which later became Oxfam. He was deeply affected by the First World War, and after it he became one of the leading figures in promoting world peace through the League of Nations.