Autobiographic Memoirs - Vol. 2

Autobiographic Memoirs - Vol. 2

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Autobiographic Memoirs - Vol. 2

Autobiographic Memoirs - Vol. 2

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The year 1870, in its public as in its personal aspect, was stamped in the deepest recesses of my memory. The tremendous Franco-German War, of which from a distance I had witnessed the horror, created a new epoch in the relations of Europe, inaugurated vast revolutions in national, social, and economic life, and it shook down parties, principles, and dogmas. Bismarckism has proved to be far more than the mere State policy of the Prussian kingdom. It is an ideal which has fired the ambition of statesmen and of nations from the Neva to Cadiz, from the Cape to Cairo, from Newfoundland to the Pacific and the Sea of Japan. It is not a novel form of statecraft--but a new, national, social, economic ideal--a military, autocratic, diplomatic gospel.

Personally to myself, the year 1870 marked an epoch in my life--made me a new man--gave me peace, joy, and hope such as I had never known or conceived. It was the year of my marriage, the first year in which I had a home of my own, an establishment of which I was master, and a mode of existence which was destined to continue in its even tenour, unbroken and unmodified, for forty years of serene happiness. Curiously enough, this same year, 1870, has cut my life, down to the

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