Germany and the Germans from an American Point of View

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VIII
"OHNE ARMEE KEIN DEUTSCHLAND"

OF every one hundred inhabitants of Germany, including men, women, and children, one is a soldier. There are, roughly, 65,000,000 inhabitants and 650,000 soldiers.

The American army is about equal in numbers to the corps of officers of Germany's army and navy. To the American, as to almost every other foreigner, the German army means only one thing: war. We all hear one thing:

"And 'mid this tumult Kubla heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying war."

I believe this is a half-truth, and dangerous accordingly. This army has been in existence for over forty years, and has done far more to keep the peace than any other one factor in Europe, except, perhaps, the British navy.

The German army protects the German people not only from external foes, but from internal diseases. It is the greatest school of hygiene in the world, on account of its sound teaching, the

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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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