Germany and the Germans from an American Point of View

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VI
"A LAND OF DAMNED PROFESSORS"

IT can hardly be doubted that could Lord Palmerston have seen what I have seen of the changes in Germany, he would at least have placed the "damned," in another part of his famous sentence. These professors have turned their prowess into channels which have given Germany, in this scientific industrial age, a mighty grip upon something more than theories. It may be dull reading to tell the tale of damned professordom, but it is to Germany that we must all go to school in these matters.

The American chooses his university or college because it is in the neighborhood; because his father or other relatives went there; because his school friends are going there; on account of the prestige of the place; sometimes, too, because one is considered more democratic than another; sometimes, and perhaps more often than we think, on account of the athletics; because it is large or small; or on account of the cost.

The German youth, owing to widely different customs and ideals, chooses his university for

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • I - THE CRADLE OF MODERN GERMANY 1
  • II - FREDERICK THE GREAT TO BISMARCK 46
  • III - THE INDISCREET 105
  • IV - GERMAN POLITICAL PARTIES AND THE PRESS 156
  • V - BERLIN 211
  • VI - "A LAND OF DAMNED PROFESSORS" 275
  • VII - THE DISTAFF SIDE 335
  • VIII - "OHNE ARMEE KEIN DEUTSCHLAND" 410
  • IX - GERMAN PROBLEMS 461
  • X - "FROM ENVY, HATRED, AND MALICE" 525
  • XI - CONCLUSION 580
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