(Schwarmerei) which makes Germany a fertile soil for that adoration of princes and Kings which is called Byzantinism.
The History of Germany and Austria, more than that of any other country in the world, is that of its many dynasties. The members of the Teutonic princely houses have never had the slightest difficulty in procuring admiring followers and retainers, for ever ready to sacrifice themselves and their entire personal interests to those of the reigning families. They have always found the mob ready to call hurrah! when addressed at meetings, where they found ample opportunity for quenching their thirst with enormous glasses of beer, or whenever the local King or magnate rode out in a fine carriage, dressed in uniform and surrounded by men on horseback with plenty of plumes and feathers and gold-lace and with all the absurd paraphernalia which feed a childish and naïve national fancy. I do not mean to denounce these national traits as altogether nefarious or objectionable. On the contrary ,1 am ready to admit that an inclination to meekness and to obedience of superiors may indicate an amiable side to a national character. I am quite prepared to agree with those who see in Byzantinism many an admirable opportunity for self-sacrifice and for devotion. But for all that, self-sacrifice and personal devotion, of which there is a tremendous wealth in the soul of every human being as within the soul of Mankind itself,