Nicholas Murray Butler: “The old world order died with the setting of that day’s sun and a new world order is being born while I speak…”

American philosopher, diplomat, and educator, Nicholas Murray Butler, in an address delivered before the Union League of Philadelphia said,

“The old world order changed when this war-storm broke. The old international order passed away as suddenly, as unexpectedly, and as completely as if it had been wiped out by a gigantic flood, by a great tempest, or by a volcanic eruption. The old world order died with the setting of that day’s sun and a new world order is being born while I speak, with birth-pangs so terrible that it seems almost incredible that life could come out of such fearful suffering and such overwhelming sorrow.”


Butler’s association with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace was a fruitful one of thirty-five years. Butler was influential in persuading Andrew Carnegie to establish the Endowment in 1910 with a gift of $ 10,000,000, he served as head of the Endowment’s section on international education and communication, founded the European branch of the Endowment, with headquarters in Paris, and held the presidency of the parent Endowment from 1925 to 1945.

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