Germany and the Germans from an American Point of View

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VII
THE DISTAFF SIDE

MADAME NECKER writes of women: "Les femmes tiennent la place de ces légers duvets qu'on introduit dans les caisses de porcelaine; on n'y fait point d'attention, mais si on les retire, tout se brise."

When one sees women and dogs harnessed together dragging carts about the streets; when one sees women doing the lighter work of sweeping up leaves and collecting rubbish in the forests and on the larger estates; doing the gardening work in Saxony and other places; when one sees them by the hundreds working bare-legged in the beet-fields in Silesia and elsewhere throughout Germany; when one reads "Viele Weiber sind gut weil sie nicht wissen wie man es machen muss um böse zu sein," and "Der Mann nach Freiheit strebt, das Weib nach Sitte," two phrases from the German classics, Lessing and Goethe; when one recalls the shameless carelessness of Goethe's treatment of all women; of how his love-poems were sometimes sent by the same mail to the lady and to the press; and the unrestrained worship of Goethe by the German

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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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