German Literature (volume 2); Translated From The German Of Wolfgang Menzel

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byWolfgang Menzel

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1840. Excerpt: ... POLITICAL SCIENCES. A Foreign tincture is in no branch of our literature so obvious as in the political. We made the reformation ourselves; but, in all the political improvements of modern times, the French and English have been beforehand with us, and every thing among us is referred, by affirmation or denial, -- by imitation or opposition, -- to the doctrines and to the example of our neighbors beyond the Vosges Mountains and the Channel. At the beginning of the last century, our princes were all little Louis Fourteenths; our Chambers are now little French Chambers of Deputies -- little English Parliaments. Unhappily, we are always on a small scale what our neighbors are on a large one -- we are in single things what they are in the whole. We are dismembered and petty in space -- we are far in the rear in time. If we come up with them at last, we put on the cast-off clothes of our neighbors, as if we were their servants. For a long time, it seemed as if we Germans had no further need of politics. Properly speaking, nobody troubled himself about politics, except some few people in a few cabinets, who worked the machine in perfect silence. The antipolitical disposition of the Germans, in the preceding century, was so marked, that, even in our days, Vollgraff could affirm, with Vol. u. F some appearance of truth, that the German was not made for the state at all. We have been roused from this apathy only by necessity, and that, indeed, from abroad; but a self-impulse is wanting, and with it all originality, all grandeur. We have suffered enough to make us bestir ourselves about politics; and, at the same time, we have done too little to be able to achieve any thing great for politics. We have too many models before us, and too little self-dependence to serve for a model ourselves. Wi...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1840. Excerpt: ... POLITICAL SCIENCES. A Foreign tincture is in no branch of our literature so obvious as in the political. We made the reformation ourselves; but, in all th...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:December 31, 2011Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217959636

ISBN - 13:9780217959636

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