Prussianism


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Prussianism

 

reactionary, militaristic traditions of the ruling classes of Prussia, and, after 1871, of Germany unified by Prussia. In historical literature, “Prussianism” also frequently refers to the reactionary, militaristic, bureaucratic police-state regime in Prussia and the German Empire.

The distinguishing features of Prussianism, represented chiefly by the Junker class, were chauvinism, hatred of other peoples (particularly the Slavs), aggressiveness, the cult of brute force, loyalty to the monarch, contempt for culture and progress, and ruthless discipline. Elements of Prussianism are retained in the ideology and practice of revanchist circles in the Federal Republic of Germany.

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But Prussianism and "Kultur" are not the problem; they are convenient ways of focusing a general unease on one nation for the purpose of propaganda.
May has termed the "custodians of culture," Strong perceived the First World War as a global struggle between the forces of good and evil, Prussianism, Kaiserism, and autocracy against democracy, freedom, civilization, and Christianity.
In the first instance these began as courses in Allied war aims, aimed especially at young army officers, and designed to implant the belief that the Allies were fighting for the values of Western Civilization against the evils of Prussianism, Kruppism, Kaiserism, and assorted German perversities.
By now, Sassoon had come to believe that the politicians, keen to crush Kaiserism and Prussianism 'by means of brute force', far from attempting to shorten the War were actively prolonging it and, while on sick leave in England, he wrote to his Commanding Officer refusing 'to perform any further military duties' and issuing a public statement of his reasons for such a protest: 'I have seen and endured the sufferings of the troops', he said, 'and I can no longer be a party to prolonging those sufferings for ends which I believe to be evil and unjust'.
Throughout the twentieth century, however, there has been a steadily growing number of scholars who have dissented from this image of Hegel as an antiliberal defender of Prussianism and as a proto-totalitarian.
what it will mean to all that we Americans cherish if England & France go under, & Prussianism becomes the law of life,"(3) and assuring him that "all the wild rumours of `atrocities' are true, & are understated.
Therefore local, regional, comparative and transnational history-writing is still the best protection against a revival of Prussianism.
The concluding sentence: "It was the prevalence of socialist views and not Prussianism that Germany had in common with Italy and Russia--and it was from the masses and not from the classes steeped in the Prussian tradition, and favored by it, that National Socialism arose.
Socialism confused with Prussianism leads to the overwhelming power of the state at home and the pursuit of imperialism abroad.
Mikhail Gorbachev's call for glasnost, or greater openness, has been eagerly snatched up by East German youth seeking relief from the intolerable provincialism, Prussianism and militarism of daily life in the German Democratic Republic.
His family was Social Democratic and opposed Prussianism in Germany; he turned to anarchism after becoming involved with Jewish anarchists during his stay in Paris.
Rather, it is important to note that although Wise originally campaigned to keep the United States out of the war, he eventually opted for what he considered "the necessity of doing battle against the graver of two evils, the lesser being war and the graver Prussianism.