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Principia Political : A Study Of Communal Psychology

I was born in the year 1880, when Victoria was Queen and Mr. Gladstone Prime Minister. I am, therefore, 72 years old. For the first 24 years of my life . I was subjected to a process which is called education; shat is to say I proceeded from a kindergarten through the hands of a tutor and two private schools to a public school, and thence to a university.

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Leonard Woolf

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In 1904 I left the university and entered a profession, the profession of a civil servant in Ceylon. It was a political profession and I remained in the Ceylon Civil Service for about six and a half years; in 1911 I resigned. During those six and a half years I was a cog in a political machine which governed Ceylon, an island with an area of about 25,000 square miles and a population of about 4,000,000. During those six and a half years I was an almost purely political animal; for 10, 12, or 14 hours a day, and every day, I was occupied with politics, first as the assistant to the administrator of a province and later for two and a half years as the police magistrate, judge, and administrator of a district. When I escaped from the civil service and Ceylon and returned to live in England and London, I did not escape from politics; they have pursued me or I have pursued them ever since. I became a journalist and a writer of books, and most of my journalism and most of my books have been political. I have spent much of my spare time in work for a political party and for political societies. I have stood unsuccessfully for parliament and I am a member of the Civil Service Arbitration Tribunal.’


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