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The Crimes of England

The Crimes of England by G. K. Chesterton
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“Second, when telling such lies as may seem necessary to your international standing, do not tell the lies to the people who know the truth. Do not tell the Eskimos that snow is bright green; nor tell the negroes in Africa that the sun never shines in that Dark Continent. Rather tell the Eskimos that the sun never shines in Africa; and then, turning to the tropical Africans, see if they will believe that snow is green. Similarly, the course indicated for you is to slander the Russians to the English and the English to the Russians; and there are hundreds of good old reliable slanders which can still be used against both of them. There are probably still Russians who believe that every English gentleman puts a rope round his wife’s neck and sells her in Smithfield. There are certainly still Englishmen who believe that every Russian gentleman takes a rope to his wife’s back and whips her every day. But these stories, picturesque and useful as they are, have a limit to their use like everything else; and the limit consists in the fact that they are not true, and that there necessarily exists a group of persons who know they are not true. It is so with matters of fact about which you asseverate so positively to us, as if they were matters of opinion.” (Gilbert Keith Chesterton)

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THE CRIMES OF ENGLAND

BY GILBERT K. CHESTERTON

MCMXVI

1916

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I

SOME WORDS TO PROFESSOR WHIRLWIND

The German Professor, his need of Education for Debate Three Mistakes of German Controversialists The Multiplicity of Excuses Falsehood against Experience Kultur preached by Unkultur The Mistake about Bernard Shaw German Lack of Welt Politik Where England is really Wrong.

CHAPTER II

THE PROTESTANT HERO

Suitable Finale for the German Emperor Frederick II. and the Power of Fear German Influence in England since Lather Our German Kings and Allies Triumph of Frederick the Great.

CHAPTER III

THE ENIGMA OF WATERLOO

How we helped Napoleon The Revolution and the Two Germanics Religious Resistance of Austria and Russia Irreligious Resistance of Prussia and England Negative Irreligion of England its Idealism in Snobbishness Positive Irreligion of Prussia; no Idealism in Anything Allegory and the French Revolution The Dual Personality of England; the Double Battle Triumph of Blucher.

CHAPTER IV

THE COMING OF THE JANISSARIES

The Sad Story of Lord Salisbury Ireland and Heligoland The Young Men of Ireland The Dirty Work The Use of German Mercenaries The Unholy Alliance Triumph of the German Mercenaries... Continue reading book >>


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