Our Chancellor; Sketches for a Historical Picture Volume 2

Our Chancellor; Sketches for a Historical Picture Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...of the province. Schools organised after the German pattern inpart elementary instruction to Polish children; gymnasia teach the higher sciences, not by the hollow mechanical methods of the Jesuit Fathers, but in that solid German way which enables people to think for themselves. Army service completes whatever is left unachieved by the popular schools. In the army the young Polish peasant learns to understand and speak German. Through what he is taught in his company or squadron, and through intercourse with the German inhabitants of his garrison-town he acquires ideas which enrich and emancipate his poor and fettered intelligence. His notions of meum and tuum become clearer; he adopts cleanly and orderly habits and for the most part, retains them. When he loses them, and other more intellectual boons, it is generally because the clergy wish to keep up the old ruinous III.J Prussian Rule in Posen. 151 routine, as a part of good old Polish patriotism; ignorance and helplessness being, in the opinion of these reverend persons, excellent servants of the Church." "This method of Germanisation has been furthered by the Government, which has never practised any other, despite its many opportunities for so doing. When, shortly after its acquisition by Prussia, the province fell into distress through bad harvests, the administration could have easily relieved the Polish nobles of half their property by a comparatively small pecuniary outlay. It preferred however to assist them by founding a Credit Institution in Posen with advantages such as had not been accorded to any similar establishment in other provinces. No political conditions were attached to the assistance thus afforded, nor was any favour shown to persons of German...show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236938143
  • 9781236938145