Modern Germany in Relation to the Great War

Modern Germany in Relation to the Great War

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Modern Germany in Relation to the Great War

Modern Germany in Relation to the Great War

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This book is a translation of Deutschland und der Wetkrieg, which was published in Germany in 1915. It is a collection of essays by a number of leaders of thought in modern Germany, and in each case the man is a master of the subject he is chosen to discuss. The writers are, in nearly every instance, professors in German and Austrian Universities, many of them past or present servants of the state in certain capacities in their university work; the exceptional instances are government officials who are in charge of the state activities about which they write.

The various chapters, which go to make up the book as a whole, were completed, for the most part, in March of 1915. At that time Italy had not seceded from the Triple Alliance, and entered into the war on the side of the Allies; and for that reason Italy has not been included in the discussion of the war, except in references in footnotes. The effect, therefore, has been that Italy is treated as a neutral state.

A literal rendering of the title of the book, of course, would be Germany and the World War. The book, however, is very much more than a discussion of Germany and the world war. It is a presentation of the civilization or Kultur of Germany and Austria-Hungary in our modern civilization; of Germany's position in the world-order, and of what Germany is striving toward today. It reveals, as does no other book available, the historical, cultural and social foundations of modern Germany--the mind of Germany at work. It shows us the things Germany is doing and anticipating, in the fields of science, industry, and social and state functions, the significant and important things that are implied in German Kultur, and how this great urge arose out of the very springs of the life of the Teutonic peoples and was determined by the necessities of a growing nation in a circumscribed territory.

While the title of the book is Germany and the World War, and while of course the war in most of its varying phases is dealt with in many of the chapters, it is perhaps well to call attention to the fact that the war is of secondary importance to the general purpose of the book, which is to reveal and express Germany to the world in terms of German civilization and German social vision.

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