Studies in biography by Sir Spencer WalpoleStudies in biography by Sir Spencer Walpole

Studies in biography

bySir Spencer Walpole

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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. 1907. Excerpt: ... PRINCE BISMARCK TWO men, during the last half of the nineteenth century, achieved the highest reputations as statesmen from their abilities and from their achievements. Both of them were sprung from families of position, both served for a short time in the armies of their respective countries, both in their younger years occupied themselves with the management of their paternal estates, and obtained their first successes in agricultural pursuits; both were animated from the outset by a desire to effect the union and the independence of the race to which they belonged ; both were ready to sacrifice everything to this object; both, in pursuit of it, displayed abilities of the highest order, courage which never failed, and an iron will which overcame all opposition. Finally, both achieved a success which far exceeded their own anticipations, for one of them--Count Cavour--changed the face of southern Europe by the creation of a united Italy; the other-- Prince Bismarck--effected a greater alteration in northern Europe by the constitution of the German Empire. If, however, there is much in these two men which naturally suggests comparison, there is much also which permits of contrast. In the first place, in carrying out his policy, Cavour always showed that he was an Italian first and a Piedmontese afterwards. He never hesitated to sacrifice the interests of his own country to those of his race. Bismarck, on the contrary, never forgot that he was a Prussian. From first to last he thought and maintained that the union and independence of Germany were to be worked out through the aggrandisement of Prussia. In the next place, while Cavour was essentially the parliamentary statesman who admired and imitated Peel's conduct and policy, who tried to work by constitutional methods, and who neve...
Title:Studies in biographyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:116 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.24 inPublished:December 31, 2011Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217058051

ISBN - 13:9780217058056