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Gems (?) of German Thought   By: (1856-1924)

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Transcriber's Note: Inconsistent hyphenation in the original document has been preserved. Bold text in this e text is marked =like so=.

GEMS (?) OF GERMAN THOUGHT

COMPILED BY WILLIAM ARCHER

[Illustration]

GARDEN CITY NEW YORK DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY 1917

Copyright, 1917, by DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY

All rights reserved, including that of translation into foreign languages, including the Scandinavian

THOR'S HAMMER CAST

Thor stood at the midnight end of the world, His battle mace flew from his hand: "So far as my clangorous hammer I've hurled Mine are the sea and the land!" And onward hurtled the mighty sledge O'er the wide, wide earth, to fall At last on the Southland's furthest edge In token that His was all. Since then 'tis the joyous German right With the hammer lands to win. We mean to inherit world wide might As the Hammer God's kith and kin.

FELIX DAHN (1878).

CONTENTS

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INTRODUCTION 3

I

"DEUTSCHLAND ÜBER ALLES" 31 German Humility 31 The Gentle German 49 The Great Misunderstood 55 Kultur 57 Der deutsche Gott 69 The Chosen People and its Mission 78 "Other Peoples" 84 Christ 88 Die deutsche Wahrheit 94 German Insight and Foresight 98 German Freedom 100 The German Language 101

II

GERMAN AMBITIONS 107 Expansion in Europe 107 Expansion beyond Europe 118 Weltmacht 122

III

WAR WORSHIP 133 The Lust of Battle 133 War and Religion 135 War and Ethics 137 War and Biology 140 War and Kultur 143 Blood and Iron 145 War Necessary to Germany 149 War Need not be Defensive 153 Contempt for Peace 154 Militarism Exultant 159

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RUTHLESSNESS 169

V

MACHIAVELISM 185 Mendacity and Faithlessness 185 Might is Right 194

VI

ENGLAND, FRANCE, AND BELGIUM ESPECIALLY ENGLAND 199 The False Islanders 199 Hymns of Hate 201 British Vices Hypocrisy, Envy, and Greed 208 British Vices Cowardice and Laziness 215 Treachery to Germanism 218 Sir Edward Grey and his Colleagues 220 Britain's Great Illusion 223 Comic Relief 228 France 233 Belgium 235

Index of Books and Pamphlets from which quotations are made 243

Index of Authors 255

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In accordance with classic precedent, this anthology ought to have consisted of "1,001 Gems of German Thought," I have been content with half that number, not heaven knows! for any lack of material, but simply for lack of time and energy to make the ingathering... Continue reading book >>




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