Studies in German History

Studies in German History

Studies in German History

Studies in German History

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The items in this collection are partly old and partly new, but most of the former have been expanded and revised. German Political Ideas from Luther to Hitler appeared in 1945 in a volume of lectures sponsored by the Sociological Society entitled The German Mind and Outlook. Germany in the Eighteenth Century formed the Introduction to the author's Germany and the French Revolution, now out of print. Mirabeau's Secret Letters from Berlin appeared in the Contemporary Review, June and July, 1947. Mirabeau and the Prussian Monarchy is new. Prince Henry of Prussia: Statesman and Diplomatist borrows some passages from chapter XI of the author's Frederick the Great, but the story of his activities after the death of his brother is new. Goethe's Political Background and Germany's Debt to the French Revolution are reproduced from the author's Studies in Modern History, now out of print. Ranke's Interpretation of German History is new. Treitschke in his Correspondence was published in the Contemporary Review, December, 1947, January and February, 1948. The Study of Bismarck and Holstein: Oracle of the Wilhelmstrasse expand the essays contained in Studies in Modern History and utilise the material which has accumulated since 1931. Bismarck's Table Talk is new.

Though the studies collected in this volume were written at different times, they derive a certain unity from the fact that they illustrate almost every phase of German history from the Reformation to the eve of the Second World War. No attempt has been made to prove or disprove a thesis in this controversial field, though the author's opinions have not been concealed. The primary task of a historian is interpretation; he should enable his readers so far as possible to form their own conclusions on men, movements and events. Large tracts of German history are still little known to the outside world; and though we are . . .

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