History of German Civilization: A General Survey

History of German Civilization: A General Survey

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History of German Civilization: A General Survey

History of German Civilization: A General Survey

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It gives me pleasure to have an opportunity here to express my appreciation of the kindness with which the first edition of this book, published only a year ago, has been received by the press here as well as in Great Britain and Germany. The reviews were both encouraging and helpful and did justice to the intentions of the author.

Before this, no book on the History of German Civilization was published in English. And yet there was a pressing need for it, in view of the faulty information as to German character and German institutions found everywhere in the United States and in Great Britain, especially in the daily press. My book tries to supply this need. It traces sources and currents of historical development from which alone the German man and the German people of to-day can be understood. In this it was less my endeavor to tell nice little stories than to show the relations which explain the present by the past, the products of civilization and culture by their time. In the limited space offered by the pages of a single volume there was, of course, only an opportunity for rambles and vistas into the wide field whose scientific investigation has just begun. Though I may not bring anything new to one familiar with German history, I still believe to have thrown new light on some old conceptions and to have contributed in a modest way to a better knowledge of the German national soul.

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