Stein and the Era of Reform in Prussia, 1807-1815

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Princeton University Press, 1922 - Prussia - 336 pages
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Page 102 - Tito was experiencing that inexorable law of human souls, that we prepare ourselves for sudden deeds by the reiterated choice of good or evil that gradually determines character.
Page 117 - ... your silence to mere defiance or disobedience to my commands, for in that case I should have to provide you with a suitable lodging. I am indeed well aware in what an insolent manner you have expressed yourself orally and in writing in the presence of Generals Riichel, v. Zastrow, and v. Kockeritz, and that just now you have twice refused to report on an affair which was sent to me by yourself, and accordingly was plainly to be regarded as belonging to your department. From all this I have been...
Page 118 - ... retire to his home in Nassau. This however was not easy to effect, until the battle of Eylau, on February 8th, reopened the communication between Konigsberg and Danzig. On February 1 6th he is at Danzig with his family, writing thus to Niebuhr: ' I expect nothing from the ingredients of the Court of Memel — it is a soulless, meaningless combination, capable of nothing but corrupt fermentation. If they ever want me again I shall demand a guarantee against unworthy treatment, and assume that...
Page 309 - Deutschland kann nur auf einem Wege zur politischen Einheit gelangen; dieser ist das Schwert, wenn einer seiner Staaten alle anderen unterjocht. Für eine solche Unterwerfung ist die Zeit nicht gekommen, und wenn es je dazu kommen sollte, so läßt sich jetzt noch nicht einmal vorhersehen, welcher der deutschen Staaten der Herr der übrigen werden wird.
Page 262 - If it were possible after a series of privations, after boundless sufferings, to raise ourselves from ruin, who would not sacrifice everything in order to plant the seeds of a new fruit? Who would not gladly die if he might hope that they would spring up with new power and new life? But in only one way is this possible. The nation must be imbued with self-reliance, it must have an opportunity to stand by and for itself.
Page 122 - The chief idea was to arouse a moral, religious and patriotic spirit in the nation, to instill into it again courage, confidence, readiness for every sacrifice in behalf of independence from foreigners and for the national honor, and to seize the first favorable opportunity to begin the bloody and hazardous...
Page 190 - An inventory of the possessions of the better class of peasant on the estates mentioned shows that he owned four or five work-horses, worth in 1800 about eleven thalers each, two work-oxen worth about ten thalers each, two cows, two sheep (less frequent), a few chickens and geese, and rarely some ducks. In addition he had a Puffwagen, two harrows, one or two plows, one or two sledges, forks, spades, axes, etc.
Page 176 - There are here, as elsewhere, the definite obligations which had sprung from the soil and persisted as assured means of securing labor for its cultivation. The peasant cannot leave his holding; his marriage rights and those of his children are in a degree subject to the lord's will ; there is forced domestic service ; and he gives unpaid labor on the lord's land for a number of days not to exceed three per week.
Page 170 - These domain lands comprised about one-fifth of the entire area of the kingdom and were leased out for long terms. The general conditions upon them conformed to the customs of the region as to services and payments from the peasant, but were subject to modification by the terms laid down in the lease by the royal will. These royal domains were so entirely in the king's control that up to 1807 the chief efforts at reform by royal decree had been in improving peasant conditions on them, and trusting...
Page 174 - s loud complaints, his ability and willingness to petition for redress, and the presence of men even from his own class who could voice his complaints, must be taken not as testimony of a situation intolerable in itself, but such only by comparison with what his Dutch or Hanoverian neighbor had attained and what he felt he might easily attain himself. In Cleves and the county of Mark the peasant was practically free so far ar his personal status was concerned.

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