Germany, France, Russia, & Islam

Germany, France, Russia, & Islam

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Germany, France, Russia, & Islam

Germany, France, Russia, & Islam

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BERLIN, 20th June, 1876.

WHEN our posterity shall, some time or other, cast their thoughts back to the present age, perhaps they may enviously inquire how we old people had deserved to live in this wonderfully fertile period. The sixteenth century has up till now been always regarded as the most intellectual and fruitful epoch of the Christian era; but the century beginning with the year 1789 is hardly inferior in creative power, and certainly far more fortunate in the moulding and completion of things. All the great ideas, which could be foreseen but not realised in Martin Luther's age, the freedom of faith, of thought, and of economic production, have become Europe's assured possession during the three latest generations. It is the present time which is fulfilling Columbus' work, and may seriously speak of a world-history. The dreams of the Huttens and Machiavellis, the unity of Germany and Italy, are actually embodied before our eyes. And scarcely has Luther's Antichrist lost the hegemony of the world than doom begins to impend over his Turkish . . .

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