chapter  17
19 Pages

The Shadow of the Past

ByLothar Gall

H. von Bismarck may have guarded against quoting the passage, the context of which was hardly such as would show his creation in a very positive light; in fact it made the future of that creation look somewhat gloomy. Bismarck never in fact took his seat, and he turned down all further invitations to stand as a candidate. The journey began to take the form of a massive demonstration of sympathy for Bismarck and of criticism of the petty behaviour of the emperor and his government. According to Bismarck, anyone who regarded Social Democracy as a normal, albeit extremist political party representing specific interests was dragging a Trojan horse into the beleaguered citadel of bourgeois society. His sole concern was to freeze a position that had once been so extremely favourable to himself and his immediate political objectives.