Treitschke, His Doctrine of German Destiny and of International Relations: Together with a Study of His Life and Work

Treitschke, His Doctrine of German Destiny and of International Relations: Together with a Study of His Life and Work

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Treitschke, His Doctrine of German Destiny and of International Relations: Together with a Study of His Life and Work

Treitschke, His Doctrine of German Destiny and of International Relations: Together with a Study of His Life and Work

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Great national movements and national passions or enthusiasms since the Middle Ages have always been connected with the names of leaders (preachers, writers, or statesmen), and not infrequently, with that of one particular leader whose words have acted upon the people as an inspiration, and who has given the keynote and character to the movement. It is probable (Carlyle to the contrary notwithstanding) that each of these national movements would have taken place, even although the particular individual and leader had not existed. When, however, a revolution or an outbreak of any kind shapes itself on the lines of some given teaching, it is proper to study the character and the doctrines of the teacher. The history of the French Revolution could not be considered without analysis of Rousseau and his writings, and, in like manner, the present action of Germany, which amounts to a revolution, in initiating the European War of 1914, will always be connected in history with the teachings of Treitschke. Americans are called upon at this time to arrive at an opinion in regard to the causation of the war, the nature of the issues that are being fought over, and the factors . . .

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