Famous exchange on the root causes of war by two of the greatest Jewish thinkers of the XX century.
True First Edition, limited to 2000 copies (copy no. 1213).
In 1932 Albert Einstein, invited by the League of Nations to address a letter on any subject to any individual, chose to correspond with Sigmund Freud on the possibilities of avoiding war. Einstein maintained the importance of establishing an independent judiciary body to mediate conflicts. Freud agreed with this idea but also insisted that, ‘there is no likelihood of our being able to suppress humanity’s aggressive tendencies,’ and that war is the ultimate expression of man’s distaste for the restraints of civilisation.
By the time of publication, Hitler had risen to power and the world moved closer each day towards a global conflict. Einstein, the committed pacifist, had resigned from the League of Nations over its inability to confront Nazi militarism. In October 1933 he began his tenure at the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton, New Jersey.
Banned in Germany from 1933 to 1945 by the ruling National Socialist party.
First edition. Octavo, (22.5 x 16.5 cm); 62 pp. Original printed wrappers; small split to base of spine.
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