The History of Germany: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time - Vol. 1

The History of Germany: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time - Vol. 1

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The History of Germany: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time - Vol. 1

The History of Germany: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time - Vol. 1

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A complete history of Germany, the common fatherland of the western nations of Europe, has long been wanting in English literature, notwithstanding the great number of German historians of more than common merit, whose works have met with a favourable reception in their own country, and are justly entitled to the notice of the foreigner. Among these histories, that compiled by Wolfgang Menzel, now offered to the public, presents much that is well known under a novel aspect, and also contains much that could not find its way into the general histories of Europe, whence the English reader chiefly draws his knowledge of Germany, and of German affairs. A Protestant, and perfectly free from bigotry, this historian has, when treating of religion and religious controversy, generally allowed facts to speak for themselves, thus leaving the inference to the sagacity of his peruser; nor can he be charged with partiality, save in some few instances, when national vanity obscured his better judgment.

Germany undeniably stands, at the present moment, on the eve of great political events. The errors and crimes of past and present governments have slowly, but surely, prepared a revolution which, whether . . .

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