German Ambitions as They Affect Britain and the United States of America

German Ambitions as They Affect Britain and the United States of America

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...advantageous to Holland? At present there are only twelve hundred Germans in them, to sixty thousand Dutch, in a territory about four times the size of Germany. Now the idea of filling up this vacuum by Germans naturally presents itself to Dutchmen in the light, not of a gain but of a sacrifice, in return for German protection of their independence. And what assurance have they that that is not a fool's bargain, that the protection will not some day turn into a protectorate? Does not the history of the German Zollverein show that the economic is but a preliminary to the political union?' The gain for Holland is represented by these German writers as consisting first and foremost in the new great market of fifty-six Holland miuin souls to which she will get access. gain? That is the great and solid gain for Holland' (Anton). But is that so certain? Holland is not primarily a manufacturing country. Her lack of coal and iron prevents that (Halle and Waltershausen), and is indeed, in this age of coal and iron, the chief cause of her decline, so far as there has been decline at all. Holland's wealth is based on her colonies, her agriculture (as a stock-breeder she is far superior to Germany), her foreign investments, and, above all, her transit trade. In manufacture she will always be beaten by the Bhine industrial cities (Waltershausen). This writer enumerates as many as eleven different advantages which Holland will derive from the Union. One is that her youth will profit by the superior educational facilities of Germany, another that she will get from Germany ' rational social legislation.' Another of my authorities admits that the whole eleven do not come to very much, and that most of them can in any case be had without going the length of a...show more

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  • 9781236556332