Political History of Recent Times, 1816-1875: With Special Reference to Germany

Political History of Recent Times, 1816-1875: With Special Reference to Germany

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Political History of Recent Times, 1816-1875: With Special Reference to Germany

Political History of Recent Times, 1816-1875: With Special Reference to Germany

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In presenting Professor Müller "Politische Geschichte der Neuesten Zeit" to the public in an English dress, the translator, with Professor Müller's permission, has somewhat abridged the space allotted to Germany, and enlarged that allotted to England, while omitting, the United States entirely. He has also accorded slightly fuller mention to one or two of the secondary States. These, and a few other insignificant changes, he has not thought it necessary to indicate in the text. The third edition of Professor Müller's work, from which this translation has been made, appeared in 1875. The translator has added several sections, bringing the history forward to the year 1882; in doing which he has relied for his materials almost exclusively (up to 1881) on Professor Müller's annual publication, "Politische Geschichte der Gegenwart"--the same method which Professor Müller himself pursued in writing the history of the period 1870-1875. It would, therefore, be unfair to make Professor Müller responsible for that portion of the work. The translator has used for the most part his materials, but followed his own discretion in the selection and mode of presentation.

The difficulty of composing an unbiassed record of the immediate past must be so manifest to all, that it is hardly necessary to ask the reader's indulgence for the shortcomings of the last period. Since the section on France was written, Gambetta, the "man of revenge," has fallen (January 26, 1882), substantially on the question of "Scrutin de liste," and been succeeded by de Freycinet, the man of peace, supported by Léon Say and Jules Ferry, thus reversing for the present French foreign policy. In other countries the outlook has not materially changed since the various sections went to press.

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