Maurice Baring’s Memorable Perceptions of War

After considering several varied, but representative, insights from Maurice Baring’s 1905 book, With the Russians in Manchuria, we shall be even more grateful to reflect upon the admonitory conclusions he draws from his trenchant depiction of modern war, which he so diversely experienced in several foreign cultures before the outbreak of World War I in 1914. Moreover, his piercing and humane warning about the nature of modern war came some twelve years before the impending Bolshevist Era of Revolutionary Total War and thus also before the 1917 events in Portugal, at Fatima.

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  • Tomas de Torquemada

    A great painting. Chesterton described the trio of which he was a part as, “Baring, over-bearing, and past-bearing.”

  • Here’s the full version.

  • Tomas de Torquemada

    Thank you, Brother.

    Painted by Herbert James Gunn in 1932, “Conversation Piece” is located at the Historical Portrait Gallery in London, though I don’t think it’s been displayed for years.

    I have a reproduction, which hangs over my desk.

  • GeneDe

    Thank you, Dr. Hickson, for this great essay. It is an eye-opening look into, not only the horrors of war, but also the selflessness of some who made the mayhem and death somewhat more bearable, if only for a short time. Plus, it shows the “foundation” of what was to come, i.e., even more and terrible wars that would change the world forever. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us how have recourse to thee!