cious feeling of inferiority; across the oceans lay the lands where German goods and the products of German intellect were brought by German ships. And yet those lands were foreign to the fatherland. Their language was not German. Germany could make no moral conquests there any more than she had been able to discover or conquer the lands themselves when others carried the White Man's civilisation over the seas.
But Germany was far too proud and too much engrossed in self-admiration to admit that if Russia became her best customer it was because Russia had opened up Siberia, the Caucasus, Turkestan; if South America provided immense markets for German goods, it was because non-Germans had, since the Middle-Ages, made Latin America what it is now; if the United States, and the British and Dutch Colonies afforded endless opportunities for German enterprise, it was because British, Dutch and French blood had been spilt there ever since the days of the Armada. What claim, then, could Germany advance for worlddominion ?
Germany had produced great thinkers, great poets, great artists, she was the equal of all the rest of Europe, except in this one important respect: there was no Germany across the ocean. There were many Englands oversea, there was a rejuvenated Spain in South and Central America, France and Italy had found congenial climes for their superfluous populations in Africa, Russia could extend in Asia ad infi-