Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Bismarck's Prussia is dead Offo Bismarck foraed the Second Reich By ARNOLD TOYNBEE The resist of last fall's West German election is a landmark in Lhe history of and of the world. By Returning Chancellor Willy Brandt to office, tins time will) a comfortable Parliamentary majority, the West German electorate has endorsed the chancellors rec- ognition of the territorial set- Uement that was made de- facto in 1945. The event that Herr Brandt had recognized was the death o: the State of Prussia. In effect. Prussia died on the day on which Russian ar.d American soldiers me: Li the heart of what had been Prus- sian territory. Prussia s death has DOW been officially registered and psychological- ly "accepted. This acquiescence in an ac- complished fact has taken more than a Quarter of a cen- tury. Yet. even after the pas- sage of this length of time has mitigated the painfulness of this retrospective act, the acceptance of such painful realities has required very great vision and courage. Herr Brandt gave the lead: the West German electorate Mowed him. West Germany and its Chancellor have won the world's admiration and gratitude. The Poles and the Russians will feel relief. The detente between tee Soviet Union and the United Stales will be expedited. l.VHAPPV Prussia's rise and fall has been an unhappy episode of modem history. Its rise, from Frederick the Great to Bismarck, was a tour de force. Tne words and "militarism" are indissolubly associated; yet Prussia could not have risen if there had not also been Prussian civic virtues. The intellectual eminence of the Prussian general staff was matched by the Prussi- an civil service's efficiency and integrity. Bismarck, the man who forged the Second German Reich with blood and ircn. was also the pioneer de- viser of national "insurance, the germ of the welfare state. The irony of Bismarck's ca- reer is that his work was too successful to be durable. Prussia might have survived if Bismarck had been content to exclude Austria from Ger- many and to found the North German Confederation, with Prussia as its core. By go- ing on to defeat France, an- r.e5 Alsace-Lorraine and unite South and North Germany in the Second Reich. Bismarck made Europe politically un- stable. France was bound to seek restitution: Germany, now a giant and inspired by the Prussian military tradi- tion, was bound to be hired Frederick the Great made Prussia c !o contend with into seekkig to donur.ate the rest of Europe. Bismarck foresaw this and. so long as he remained in power he succeeded ia stavina it off. Alier his fall a Euro- pean disaser was almost in- evitable. In Lhe second of tie two world wars the European disaster became global. Bis- marck's short-term success Carnation Evaporated Skim Milk 23 CALORIES PER FL OZ.- LOW IN COST, TOO! .EVAPORATED, SKIM MILK Try new Carnation Evaporated Skim Milk! 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Vrnerj Biiinsrck had finished the msterjE cr Prussia, fris shark-StEle" srretched without a break frcra Memel. in That js nor li-riuauis. to Trier, nesr the Luxembourg iwrder. b Bismarck's Prussia, poli- tical power 'sas concena-E'Led in the povertr-'-strickei east, "nils prBdiictv-itj- and malth were gserated on the Ruhr and b tr.e Rhbeland. The Hii- gra'Jorj frorr j east to west in Germany began long before the of Prussia in From the srart of the I-dusEial Revolution ia the -esr. there vras 5 iresrirard cj_ population seeking Tr? eo-norrjc motive L- ?11] po'eni Today, tbough Germ anr has sosr be- come prosperous. KO-.V is The post-1945 of Europe that has ratified b. J972? E.ich of the rs'o Germanrv's is a State ci '.'ne present average Eurc- Neither is. ss t'r.e Reich was. a riant its DeiEhbors. To this extent panitior. seems to rnnse for wbiiiry. But r-- Lh-t the o G-rmanys cec'ded ;o overcome '-inrarurai estranrerr.erit !rrm other, is it liely that they ca- with- And could eiTn a unfTei Eur- ope contain a Ger- jnacy without bebc domin- ated by it? Non-C-eftnan Eu- ropeans on both fisr-ks the two Gennaays are bound to ask this question, and in guessing at ihe they are also bound to :M! some ans'ery. Perhaps the answer is that there is no necess.Ty for all peoples spesi the same io be fathered to- gether polfrlcally b a single Lancjage counts for ies-5 than The tians Ausrrians and a ma- jorlri- Pf Swks are yet Germany has found Htperisace that canr.o: assizinlate either Ausrrfars cr the Alsa- tians. and it has never ven- even to try TO assimilate ti'.e Genr.an-speaicing Frarce and t'.x1. rrer ff LS'.L-J a- the pe-.iples that French and English. 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