War Speeches of William Pitt The Younger (Classic Reprint)
War Speeches of William Pitt
The Younger (Classic Reprint)
Opis: War Speeches of William Pitt - Coupland R.
Excerpt from War Speeches of William Pitt: The Younger
The object of the following selection from the war speeches of the younger Pitt is to bring out certain points of similarity between the present war and that of a century ago, and to call to mind Pitt's clear statement of the issues then involved, his determination not to abandon the struggle till the primary conditions of a lasting peace were attained, and his appeal to his countrymen to endure with stubborn fortitude the sacrifices which this resolve entailed.
In many points the parallel between the two wars is remarkably close, but, like all historical parallels, it can easily be pressed too far. Thus, while it is undeniable that the French Governments after 1792 committed the same mistake as the German Government of to-day in attempting to make the world accept their national creed by force of arms, it would be none the less absurd to suggest any comparison at all between the value to mankind of the principles of 1789 and the value to mankind of German Kultur in its modern Prussian dress. England, indeed, had much more natural sympathy with the new democratic ideals of her opponent than with the old dynastic ambitions of her allies, and the series of events that made war inevitable between the nation which had just freed itself from the chains of absolutism and the nation in which constitutional liberty had made its home, is one of the great tragedies of history. The ambition of the present rulers of Germany, again, is the same as Napoleon's - to dominate the world; and they have studied Napoleon's methods to some purpose. They have surpassed him, if not in military genius, at least in military organization and efficiency.
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Szczegóły: War Speeches of William Pitt - Coupland R.
Tytuł: War Speeches of William Pitt
Podtytuł: The Younger (Classic Reprint)
Autor: Coupland R.
Wydawnictwo: FB &c Ltd
Rok wydania: 2015
Ilość stron: 424