When Blood Is Their Argument: An Analysis of Prussian Culture

When Blood Is Their Argument: An Analysis of Prussian Culture

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When Blood Is Their Argument: An Analysis of Prussian Culture

When Blood Is Their Argument: An Analysis of Prussian Culture

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Resolutely, on the other hand, the Roman surrendered his own personal will for the sake of freedom, and learned to obey his father that he might know how to obey the State. Amidst this subjection individual development might be marred, and the terms of fairest promise in man might be arrested in the bud; the Roman gained in their stead a feeling of Fatherland and of patriotism such as the Greek never know, and alone among all the civilised nations of antiquity succeeded in working out national unity in connection with a constitution based on self-government-- a national unity which at last placed in his hands the mastery not only over the divided Hellenic stock, but over the whole known world."

-- (MOMMSEN'S Roemische Geschichte, vol. i. p. 31.)

I HAVE been charged with deliberate unfairness to the traditions of German learning and of German scholarship. The following must be my reply as far as the following pages are concerned:

I have approached the form but not the matter of this work with the deepest misgiving. The matter of it has been familiar to me all my life. From my father as from my grandfather, Madox Brown, I imbibed in my very earliest years a deep hatred of Prussianism, of materialism, of academicism, of pedagogism, and of purely economic views of the values of life. At the same time I was, by those same men, inspired with a deep love and veneration for French learning, arts, habits of mind, lucidity, and for that form of imagination which implies a sympathetic comprehension of the hopes, fears, and ideals of one's fellow-men. So that, since this work is, in essence, a reassertion of the claims of, or of the necessity for, altruism, whether Christian or Hellenic, I may be said to have passed the whole of my life reflecting upon these propagandist lines.

At the same time my father's South German Catholic . . .

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