The New knowledge library; science, invention, discovery, progress. Supplemented by a series of review questions for students

 
9781130852837: The New knowledge library; science, invention, discovery, progress. Supplemented by a series of review questions for students

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. 1919 Excerpt: ...by Germany, power flows down from the chief executive--the reigning family--to the people. Long years of tutelage so shaped German thought that the ruling class could think of no other foundation of government than brute force. This was the teaching of their great writer, Treitschke, whose philosophy captivated intellectual Germany. This conception of government was the rock on which the German Empire suffered shipwreck. A NATIONAL IDEAL THAT LURED TO DESTRUCTION. An ideal of national greatness founded on force took form and shape and became the great incentive to action. This ideal aimed at world conquest. In imagination the leaders in Germany saw a vast empire rising in Central Europe, extending from Hamburg to Bagdad, over which their kaiser should exercise despotic sway. This ideal was ardently supported by political leaders of all shades of opinion, and by intellectual Germany in general. It was to be won by peaceful means if possible, by the sword if necessary; and to secure its realization, every means that tended to such a result was employed. Educated Germany became obsessed with the thought that it was their high mission to extend their culture over the world, to subject all to their sway. Statesmen, writers, lecturers, military and naval officers openly and frankly voiced this national ideal. DOWNFALL OF THE EMPIRE. This attitude of mind shaped the activities of Germany after the peace of Paris in 1871 and could only end in world conquest or downfall. A detailed account of the principal events of the world war which terminated in the downfall of the empire is not necessary for our purposes. It only remains to speak of present conditions. The empire has ceased to exist. A republic has taken its place. The great colonial empire is lost. The work of...

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