scriptions and standing armies have become timehonoured institutions.
The most conspicuous attribute of a State, then, would appear to be military power (by land or by sea), and roughly it may be said of European States that their power increases with their number. Hence the romance of cities or very small states waging war successfully against much larger ones single-handed, belongs to the past. The question of power has become a mathematical problem. A problem, too, of organisation and foresight. But modern military courage engendered by drill has nothing to appeal to the idealistic propensities of the mind. Neither has the battlefield or the havoc wrought by the machinery of modern instruments of slaughter and torture.