'The whole Empire is based historically and politically on the fact that it is (as Emperor William once said to Bismarck) "an extended Prussia," that Prussia is the dominant factor, both in fact and in formula. What is our German Imperial Army? Unquestionably it is the Prussian army, which . . . was developed into a nation in arms, extending over the whole Empire . . . Every Prussian must feel it to be quite right that the best political institution should be extended to the rest of Germany; and every reasonable non-Prussian must find cause for rejoicing that Prussia has brought the name of Germany into honor once again. The conditions are such that the will of the Empire can in the last instance be nothing else than the will of the Prussian state.'
-- HEINRICH VON TREITSCHKE