History of the German Struggle for Liberty

History of the German Struggle for Liberty

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History of the German Struggle for Liberty

History of the German Struggle for Liberty

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vasion. Our historical traditions make us dislike large standing armies, and for that reason ought we the more readily to adopt measures that shall in the moment of danger make us a nation in arms. No country can maintain its liberty unless it is ready to fight for it; nor can that fight end well unless the fighting is done by the whole body of the people. The nation that has to employ mercenaries may purchase temporary security; but the price becomes higher as the years go by, and in time that people will surely sell its liberty as the price of mere existence.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

First of all, I have to thank His Majesty the German Emperor for permission to use the precious manuscript material stored in the Prussian archives. This material is excellently arranged. I received much assistance from Colonel Leszcynszki at the War Archives. (Generalstabsarchiv), and from Dr. Bailleu at the Geheime Staatsarchiv (State Secret Archives). There is much valuable material in the House Archives of the Hohenzollern family, which, for political reasons, is not yet available to the historian.

His Royal Highness the Duke of Cumberland and Her Majesty the Queen of Hanover have placed me under deep obligations in the making of these pages. So has the present Count Voss, a direct descendant of the lady who was principal companion to Queen Luise.

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