German World Policies

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Macmillan, 1915 - 243 pages

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Page 109 - And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee : for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
Page 178 - But, on the other hand, the whole fortunes of our race and Empire, the whole treasure accumulated during so many centuries of sacrifice and achievement, would perish and be swept utterly away if our naval supremacy were to be impaired.
Page 177 - I trust it may long remain the great and friendly Empire of Germany. The British Navy is to us a necessity and, from some points of view, the German Navy is to them more in the nature of a luxury. Our naval power involves British existence. It is existence to us ; it is expansion to them.
Page 181 - If Germany were extinguished tomorrow, the day after tomorrow there is not an Englishman in the world who would not be richer. Nations have fought for years over a city or a right of succession. Must they not fight for two hundred fifty million pounds of commerce...
Page 183 - Before now we have had to wipe out of existence a fleet which we had reason to believe might be used as a weapon to our hurt. There are not wanting those both in this country and on the Continent who regard the German fleet as the one and only menace to the preservation of peace in Europe. This may or may not be the case. We are content to point out that the present moment is particularly opportune for asking that this fleet should not be further increased.
Page 180 - In the Transvaal, at the Cape, in Central Africa, in India and the East, in the islands of the Southern Sea, and in the far North-West, wherever and where has it not? the flag has followed the Bible and trade has followed the flag, there the German bagman is struggling with the English pedlar. Is there a mine to exploit, a railway to build, a native to convert from breadfruit to tinned meat, from temperance to trade...
Page 182 - A few days, and the ships would be at the bottom, or in convoy to English ports; Hamburg and Bremen, the Kiel Canal and the Baltic ports would lie under the guns of England, waiting until the indemnity were settled. Our work over, we need not even be at the pains to alter Bismarck's words to Ferry and to say to France and Russia, ' Seek some compensation. Take inside Germany whatever you like. You can have it.
Page 8 - ... can be nationally healthy only so long as our share in the business of the world continues to grow, and only if this is the case shall we be able to foster the inner values which spring from our national idea, and let them take part with the other factors in the shaping of the culture of the world The German idea, therefore, can only live and increase, if its material foundations, viz., the number of Germans, the prosperity of Germany, and the number and size of our world-interests continue to...
Page 7 - ... substantially confirmed by most competent authority. I think it gives us a real insight into the ideas that have moved the German people. You will note that the author does not hesitate to praise the Anglo-Saxon or to criticize the German, and that his underlying and dominating purpose is peaceful expansion. The markets of the world! We need them today for our existence as positively as we need our own land, and the day is approaching with irrevocable certainty when we shall need them even more....
Page 181 - Is there a mine to exploit, a railway to build, a native to convert from breadfruit to tinned meat, from temperance to trade gin, the German and the Englishman are struggling to be first. A million petty disputes build up the greatest cause of war the world has ever seen.

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