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German Problems and Personalities

BY

CHARLES SAROLEA

LONDON CHATTO & WINDUS 1917

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[Illustration: Charles Sarolea]

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

INTRODUCTION 1

I. AN AMERICAN PREFACE 7

II. MY FORECASTS OF 1906 AND 1912 12

III. THE CURSE OF THE HOHENZOLLERN 53

IV. THE GERMAN WAR TRIUMVIRATE 85 (i.) Nietzsche. (ii.) Montaigne and Nietzsche. (iii.) Treitschke. (iv.) Bernhardi.

V. FREDERICK THE GREAT 136

VI. THE APOTHEOSIS OF GOETHE 142

VII. THE SERVICE OF THE CITY IN GERMANY 148

VIII. THE NEGLECT OF GERMAN 159

IX. MECKLENBURG, THE PARADISE OF PRUSSIAN JUNKERTHUM 164

X. THE GERMAN RACE HERESY AND THE WAR 169

XI. A SLUMP IN GERMAN THEOLOGY 183

XII. THE GERMAN ENIGMA 189

XIII. THE TRAGIC ISOLATION OF GERMANY 196

XIV. RUSSIA AND GERMANY 203

XV. THE PEACEMAKER OF GERMANY: PRINCE VON BÜLOW 218

XVI. THE SILENCE OF HERR VON BETHMANN HOLLWEG 226

XVII. THE COMING REVOLUTION IN GERMANY 231

XVIII. VIA PACIS 248

APPENDIX: THE PRIVATE MORALITY OF THE PRUSSIAN KINGS 255

GERMAN PROBLEMS AND PERSONALITIES

INTRODUCTION BY THE LITERARY EDITOR OF THE NEW YORK "TIMES"

Three years ago there was one man in Europe who had a political sight so clear that his words then written seem to day uncanny in their wisdom.[1]

[1] One of the most eminent American theologians, Bishop Brent, wrote in an article on "Speculation and Prophecy": "In Dr. Sarolea's volume, 'The Anglo German Problem,' published in 1912, there is a power of precognition so startling that one can understand a sceptic of the twenty first century raising serious doubts as to whether parts of it were not late interpolation." Mr. Gilbert Keith Chesterton in his "Crimes of England" applied to the "Anglo German Problem" the epithet "almost magical."

This man saw the present war; he saw that Belgium would be invaded by Germany; he saw that the Germans hated England with a profound and bitter hate; that German diplomatic blunders had placed that nation in almost complete isolation in the world; that the Triple Alliance was really only a Dual Alliance, popular feeling in Italy becoming increasingly hostile to Austria and to Prussia; that Germans felt their culture to be superior to the civilization of the rest of the world, and themselves to be a superior race, with the right to rule other peoples; that Prussianism and Junkerism and militarism were in complete control of the German soul; that Germany had ambitions for world empire, a recurrence of "the old Napoleonic dream"; that the danger to European peace lay with Germany and not with England; that Germans believed war to be essentially moral and the mainspring of national progress; that the whole German people had become Bismarckian; that the Germans hoped to obtain by a victory over England that shadowless place in the sun toward which they began to leap when they beat France in 1870.

The seer who thus saw is Dr. Charles Sarolea, who recently came to the United States in the interests of his country, one of the most distinguished of Belgian scholars, a friend of King Albert, holder of Belgian decorations and honours from British learned societies, for the last fourteen years Belgian Consul in Edinburgh, and for the last twenty one years head of the French and Romance Department at the University of Edinburgh... Continue reading book >>




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