Our Chancellor; Sketches for a Historical Picture Volume 1

Our Chancellor; Sketches for a Historical Picture Volume 1

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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. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...pass uncontradicted. 202 Constitutional Majorities. chap. Prince Bismarck, therefore, has not been a party-man for many years past, which, with us Germans, is much the same as saying he has not been an adherent to one or another doctrine. Always sure of his own purpose, like all the great characters of history, he looks for a Constitutional majority wherever he thinks he can find it, when he wants it. Keeping his above-mentioned two main objects steadfastly in view, he has invariably endeavoured to manipulate the more important political parties in such sort that they might be available for the attainment of those objects, making concessions from time to time first to one and then to the other--concessions which appeared to him insignificant compared with the aims he sought to attain, and which might, if necessary, be modif1ed in some respects after those aims should be attained. It having been remarked, during a recent debate in the Reichstag, that he had approved of parliamentary freedom of speech in 1870, he replied: --"At that time, in order to foster the young and tender plant of German Unity by every feasible means, I agreed to many things that were greatly at variance with my political convictions. It was not then my business to consider economical questions, or to fret myself about trifles, but to further the consolidation of the German Empire. Now we can discuss such matters quietly. Had we not then made a solid job of the Empire, discussion would not help us now-a-days." When Bismarck looked about him amongst the representatives of the people for assistance to achieve his task, his glance naturally fell upon the National-Liberal party. With respect to national aims he was essentially at one with it; but it was also necessary...show more

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  • Paperback | 126 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236515056
  • 9781236515056