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A nice purchase this week from Abe Books, all five volumes of Treitschke‘s Deutsche Geschichte, all by the same publisher but with different dates (1879-1894) and slightly different bindings, for the not so princely sum of 30 Euros. I’m aware that the man had some curious ideas but I’d like to determine the extent of the curiousness for myself.

As an added bonus inside one of the volumes (why did I not note the volume and page!) was a poem about the Benedettistein monument in Bad Ems, erected in memory of the famous incident that precipitated the Franco-Prussian war and brought about the unification of Germany.  So, for posterity…