How culture gets made. At the Library of Social Science, a selection of quotations — philosophers, poets, historians, and other intellectual leaders — on German militarism from Kant’s time to World War I.
For example, who said this?
War itself, if it is carried on with order and with a sacred respect for the rights of citizens, has something sublime in it, and makes the disposition of the people who carry it on thus only the more sublime …
a long peace generally brings about a predominant commercial spirit and, along with it, low selfishness, cowardice, and effeminacy, and debases the disposition of the people.
The quotations are excerpted from my Nietzsche and the Nazis.
An important historical question: Can one find comparable quotations from, say, American, British, or Australian cultural leaders during the same era?