What We Demand from France

Paperback | February 5, 2012

byHeinrich Von Treitschke

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870. Excerpt: ... Bretons, Provencals, Flemings and Germans have no acquaintance with the language of the State: the popular tongue differing from it is to be degraded into a dialect, into the speech of the uncultivated. The French bureaucracy in Elsass has laboured in the direction of this goal with a ruthless zeal, and so fanatically, that Napoleon III. was at times obliged to moderate the clumsiness of his too eager officials. Superior education is entirely given in French. An attempt has even been made recently, by the introduction of French educational nurseries for the young (Kindergarten), to estrange the children from their tenderest years from their mother-tongue. Those who speak pure high-German may sometimes find it easier to make themselves understood by halfeducated men in Elsass if they help themselves out with French; for people of this class have lost the free and facile use of any form of speech except the dialect of their native district. The attempt to degrade the language of a nation which is one of the standard-bearers of civilization, into the rudeness of the Celtic patois of the Bretons, is sheer insanity and a sin against nature. The proverb of our homely ancestors must remain eternally true: "So German heart and Welshman's tongue, strong man, lame steed are suited wrong." The foreign language which has been forced upon them has done unspeakable harm to the upper classes of Elsass in their moral feeling and in their spiritual life, and has impressed upon the intellectual life of the province the character of a bastard culture which is neither fish nor flesh. What unhappy creatures these German boys are, who pass by in their gold-rimmed Lyceum caps under the guardianship of an elegant abM, and whose German souls are bidden to find edification in Boil...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870. Excerpt: ... Bretons, Provencals, Flemings and Germans have no acquaintance with the language of the State: the popular tongue differing fr...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:22 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217904386

ISBN - 13:9780217904384

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