Excerpt from The Forum, 1919, Vol. 61: A Magazine of Constructive Nationalism
To the eye of outsiders who, like the writer, visited por tions of the country a few months before the European War, it seemed as stable as any aggregation of human beings in the world. The governments Of the Empire and of the vari ous states were carried on in a prudent and economical fashion by a trained bureaucracy. The army was drilled and exercised to the utmost and was directed by the most highly trained general staff in Europe. The country enjoyed a magnificent railway system and despatched splendid ocean liners to all parts of the globe, which aided and fostered a highly profitable foreign commerce. Its schools and uni versities were always notched up to the highest speed. The cities were clean, well built and well administered. A titled aristocracy, rising from the commonplace vons to the princes of the blood, was admired by most of the popula tion and patiently endured by the rest.
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