THE DRAMA OF EMPIRE.
Black and "White.
" This is a remarkable attempt to formulate an evolution of
history. It is but a small book; yet of philology, ethnography,
geography, sociology—of, in fact, all that appertains to human
history—there is hardly a point of importance which is not touched
upon, while several are closely discussed; discussed, moreover,
with exceptional grip and suggestiveness, with independent insight
and piquant annihilation of theories which hitherto have been
accepted as conclusive.
" It is quite impossible, in the space at our disposal, to give more
than the baldest outline of a work so full. Put in a sentence, it is
a brilliant comprehensive sketch of the social and political develop-
ment of mankind, based on a single principle and deduced histori-
cally from a single constitution. The principle is that of the law
of radiation on the line of easy motion; the constitution is that of
the patriarchal family.
'• By a series of arguments and illustrations of great weight and
ingenuity, Mr. Adams endeavours to show that the original centre
of human radiation was the heart of Africa. It will at once be seen
that he is here at deadly issue with the theory of an Asiatic origin
of the Aryan race. It is impossible here even to summarize the
mass of fact and argument and deduction which he brings to bear
on a problem so interesting and important. AH we can say i6,
that the philosophers who hold that theory are presented with
some singularly hard nuts to crack."
" The author of this learned and ably written volume, with ' All
the world's a stage' for a motto, seeks to set forth the dramatic