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By Erich Maria Remarque

Paul Baumer enlisted together with his classmates within the German military of worldwide conflict I. younger, enthusiastic, they turn into squaddies. yet regardless of what they've got discovered, they holiday into items below the 1st bombardment within the trenches. And as terrible battle plods on yr after 12 months, Paul holds quick to a unmarried vow: to struggle opposed to the foundations of hate that meaninglessly pits younger males of an analogous iteration yet diversified uniforms opposed to every one other--if simply he can pop out of the struggle alive.

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Prussia’s role in Germany was thus strengthened, while Austria concentrated more on the Tyrol and Italy. Bavaria was unable to find any support for its attempt to become a third force in Germany by absorbing Frankfurt and Mainz. Prussia thus emerged as the big winner, although this was not apparent at the time, since Austria’s political influence was far greater. Austria, with England’s support, had limited Russia’s influence in Europe and Prussia’s in Germany. The Federal Act of June 8 1815, signed only ten days before the battle of Waterloo, created a loose confederation of states rather than a federal state.

Resistance to reform was so strong that it was only after the collapse of Prussia in 1806, when the state was faced with a crippling economic burden, that Stein was able to sweep all objections aside. On October 9 1807, only ten days after his appointment as minister, he issued the “October Edict” that announced the abolition of serfdom in Prussia by Saint Martin’s Day (November 11) 1810. The peasants were now free subjects before the law, able to own property, marry as they wished, free to move and to practice any trade or profession.

Predictably, the idea of a nation in arms was anathema to the conservatives, but many bourgeois reformers also felt that this was going too far along the road to equality and marked a general leveling down of society to its lowest common denominator. The king had little sympathy for the romantic notion of a people’s war, and feared the reaction of the French should universal military service be put into effect. It was thus not until 1813, when Prussia was again at war, that all men of age were called up to serve the nation in arms.

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