And the Kaiser abdicates

The German Revolution November 1918-August 1919

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Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 104,355 / 337 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 44.9
LoC Category: DD
Downloads: 1,943
Added to site: 2013.03.25
mnybks.net#: 31494
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: History
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the very word "revolution" which is repugnant to all who love ordered and orderly government. It conjures up pictures of rude violence, of murder, pillage and wanton destruction. It violates the sentiments of those that respect the law, for it is by its very nature a negation of the force of existing laws. It breaks with traditions and is an overcoming of inertia; and inertia rules powerfully the majority of all peoples.

The average American is comparatively little versed in the history of other countries. He knows that the United States of America came into existence by a revolution, but "revolutionary" is for him in this connection merely an adjective of time used to locate and describe a war fought between two powers toward the end of the eighteenth century. He does not realize, or realizes but dimly, the essential kinship of all revolutions. Nor does he realize that most of the governments existing today came into being as the result of revolutions, some of them bloodless, it is true, but all at b

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