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Sonderweg: A Road Less Traveled By

Sonderweg: A Road Less Traveled By

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"And I, I chose the road less travelled by." Robert Frost never hoped to see the Nazi Empire, but his words fit, strangely, into the pattern that produced the world most shamed administration.
"And I, I chose the road less travelled by." Robert Frost never hoped to see the Nazi Empire, but his words fit, strangely, into the pattern that produced the world most shamed administration.

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Germany History
 
Max Quayle
 Sonderweg 
: A Road Less Traveled By
Taking Frost’s masterpiece,
The Road Not Taken
, as template, I find within a relative empiricalcorollary and a curious German prediction. For national success, it can be reasoned that there areessentially two routes to be weighed: The way everyone else has done it, and, any other path. I mustcredit Drs, Chickering and Nipperdey for both acknowledging that Germany, from within the fortresscalled Kaisereich, did at least peer down the traditional European path to world statehood – but shefound it wanting, and was not attuned to waiting. So down this path she looked, and saw hedges and briars and a view not conducive to the warlike spirit of Prussian reprobation. Had she stepped intothis forum, and earned recognition through diplomacy, respect and trade in her most exquisitelyengineered and diverse crafts, the course of German history would surely have avoided her twentiethcentury disasters.Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo where it bent in the undergrowth.After dismissing her claim to European camaraderie, Germany, with full hubris brimming, steppedfirmly onto another road. And though wearing had indeed shown that the hostile track could be a boon, Prussian contention and bristle seems to have neglected to realize that though Genghis Khan,Alexander the Great, and that unholy native American bane, Cortez, all enjoyed narcotic and stellar early success; they three, and hordes alike, all met with doom. Had Germany dared to travel that firstroad, to conform and to wrench individuality in pure German fashion from the bounds of conformity – a Germany might stand today as a model to the world – confirming that diplomacy andclear speech reap the fruit of nationhood.
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Germany History
 
Max Quayle
Then took the other, as just as fair,And having perhaps the better claim,Because it was grassy and wanted wear;Though as for that the passing thereHad worn them really about the same.Somehow a switch was flipped, for as both choices offered challenge and tenacity – only oneinvited might and war. As the black leaves adorned Frost’s way in his way – so to did the charredtrenches and blistering cauldron of Holocaust blacken the
Sonderweg 
. Once within a dire and precarious way, the social animal will, as a matter of course, unite like minded thinkers and put fortha best least effort to prevail. With Germany always, everything seems be hurled at success; runningher wells dry has truly been the earmark of German empirical conquest. As for the possibility of returning to the divergent point and re-choosing, Germany like Frost, knew this was least likely, soshe stayed the course and landed infamy within the bounds of financial obscurity – in short shefoundered.And both that morning equally layIn leaves no step had trodden black.Oh, I kept the first for another day!Yet knowing how way leads on to way,I doubted if I should ever come back.Upon reading “The Quest for a Usable German Empire”, I am inclined to apply the thinking of KarlMarx. In a model which lists the Prussian landed nobility as a quasi-royal Bourgeoisie, I find therevolution, according to Marxian thought, to have been undermined by the sense of nationalism andthe constant reassuring connotations of empirical German stability. Never have so many been sofooled by simply being told that all is well. In a panaceatic coupe de gras, the mind of the Germannational has indeed survived the black trodden way, and sighs yet for the thrill of a German empiricalestablishment – how can an inward belief in an outward success survive such world ridicule andsocial marring as has the German Spirit? I contend that for the same feeling Frost instills in us to
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