A long-neglected work that shows big is anything but beautiful - for nations, economies, military forces, government programs, labour unions, businesses, neighbourhoods, and all other human endeavour.
It can't be denied that the growing American and Soviet empires of the 20th century, fixated as they were on bigness, led us all to the very edge of the abyss. When one is on the edge of the abyss the only thing left to do is step back. Step back to what? Kohr responds with small states. Small nations living in confederation. No single country big enough to threaten the peace and existence of any of the others.
Would an independent Cornwall have stood much chance against Nazi Germany? No, but would Hitler have been able to menace the world if he had come to power in a small independent Bavaria? Would Stalin have been such a danger if he had been the state communist leader of an independent Georgia minus Abkazia, South Ossetia, Adjara and perhaps even Swanetia?
On Cornwall Kohr as early as 1957 wrote: "In Cornwall guide books greet the English tourist by telling him, gently and humorously, but still telling him, that as long as he is on Cornish ground, he must consider himself a foreigner".
Some of the works of Leopold Kohr can be found online here