Militarism and statecraft

Paperback | May 20, 2014

byMunroe Smith

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ... they broke has been subjected to intensive cultivation. The recent history of Germany has been minutely studied and the German literature of the last generation has been ransacked in the effort to discover and formulate the underlying causes of the cataclysm. Today we are beginning to make tentative syntheses. I During the greater part of the nineteenth century, and particularly from the War of Liberation to the Franco-German War, German political sentiment was strongly Liberal. There were few republicans, but there were also relatively few supporters of absolute monarchic power. The dominant ideal was popular government under written constitutions restricting princely authority. Above all things the Germans desired national unity, but they desired liberty as well, and they expected to gain unity through liberty. The Revolution of 1848 gave them an opportunity to carry out this programme. The failure of the Frankfort Parliament to give Germany either liberty or unity discredited popular government. Between the years 1864 and 1871 Bismarck unified Germany and gave to the German people, not popular government indeed, but at least representative institutions. This he accomplished, in spite of the strenuous opposition of the Prussian Diet from 1862 to 1866, through the Prussian monarchy and the Prussian army. The result of this double experience--the failure of 1848, the triumphs of 1866 and of 1871--was to establish a conviction that democratic government is hopelessly inefficient and to enhance the prestige of the Hohenzollern dynasty and of the army. A very large portion of the old Liberal party abandoned its traditions; and in the generation that grew up during and after the establishment of the German Empire there were practically no...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ... they broke has been subjected to intensive cultivation. The recent history of Germany has been minutely studie...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021723741X

ISBN - 13:9780217237413

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