By Theodore S. Hamerow, David Wetzel
Questions of overseas politics, as they relate to German heritage, are explored during this authoritative and arguable quantity. Of the seven essays that represent the e-book, four—those by way of Schroeder, Lauren, Rupieper, and Abenheim—center on diplomatic heritage and overseas politics, whereas the opposite three—by Barclay, Chickering, and Post—illuminate comparable political and cultural ameliorations. The Afterword via the 2 editors, Wetzel and Hamerow, bargains with the works and philosophy of Gordon Craig, the preeminent historian of Germany to whom the publication is devoted. Craig's fulfillment has been to convey wisdom and interpretation into narrative background and to teach that heritage is a self-sufficient and self-contained self-discipline, very important for its personal sake. those essays are daring and provocative; they could rightly declare originality, new insights, hitherto unrecognized points, new innovations of study for the themes they disguise; and for those purposes, up to for the other, they deserve the eye of all those that care approximately German or foreign history.
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This chapter cannot prove this thesis, of course, or even make it plausible. The best it can do is to put down some earnest money for the undertaking, in the form of three propositions. They are, first, that the opposite view, that international politics has an unchanging power-political structure and core, is historically so inherently implausible, so out of line with our general knowledge of history, including international history, that it would require overwhelming proof to accept it, and this is not forthcoming.
What counted was power politics, the balance of power. In 1905 Germany (or at least Kaiser Wilhelm II) tried to use the revolution to draw Tsar Nicholas and Russia away from France and over to Germany’s side; Austria hoped the revolution would frighten the tsar into renewing the old Three Emperors’ Alliance; while Britain and France, in order to prevent this, worked directly against the democratic revolution, helping the tsarist government through large loans to govern without and against the Russian parliament (the Duma) and to use its police and army to restore semiautocratic rule.
Yet not one of these revolutions, including the French, can be shown to have produced durable changes in fundamental relationships and patterns of conduct in domestic politics and society comparable to those that differentiated international politics after 1815 from that which went before. Yet when historians discuss the Vienna System and the post-Vienna era, they speak of a restoration, a return to stability, a reestablishment of the balance of power, and even an age of reaction and the repression of revolution and change.
International Politics and German History: The Past Informs the Present by Theodore S. Hamerow, David Wetzel