which dynasty, fatherland and uniform had usurped. For Nietzsche had not taught his people in vain that they must not worship a degenerating faith in meekness and in the Brotherhood of Man, but that courage and material strength were the true and only idols worthy of the Great Soul of Germany.
But all that was nothing to Germany. She bore it all like a man, although it drove her mad. She knew and heeded it not. The Emperor William, regardless of Bismarck's advice, which pointed to limitations dictated by historical and geographical facts, was the incarnation of all the extravagant ambitions of new Germany, and it was an easy matter for him to carry the country with him in his race with England for seapower. It is superfluous to go any further in our search for the causes of the disaster which we are witnessing. They are manifold, but we believe we have touched upon the principal ones, and we believe that they are chiefly to be found in Germany and in the soul of her people. We are not concemed so much with the questions regarding French ideas of revanche, or with those connected with any desire on the part of England to forestall Germany's ultimate aim which was the occupation of the coast facing England, so as to attack her from that long line of vantage; we are quite prepared to admit that England formed, and was obliged to form, certain alliances so as to provide against the terrible consequences of that ultimate aim, whether that aim really existed in the minds of the