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1.   Clemens Prince von Metternich to Friedrich Gentz in Perugia (June 17, 1819); Metternich's Reply to Gentz's Letter of June 3, 1819
In the following letter of June 17, 1819, Austrian Chancellor Clemens Prince von Metternich (1773-1859)....
2.   Excerpt from Clemens Prince von Metternich's Political Creed (1820)
In the following excerpt from his political creed, Clemens Prince von Metternich expands upon the....
3.   Karl Friedrich von Eichhorn, Prussian Minister of Religious and Educational Affairs, to the Prussian Interior Minister Count von Arnim (June 7, 1844)
In his letter of July 7, 1844, to Prussian Interior Minister Count von Armin (1803-1868), Prussian Minister of Religious and Educational Affairs Karl Friedrich von Eichhorn (1781-1854) expressed,....
4.   Excerpt from the Staats-Lexikon: "Constitution" (1845-1848)
In the entry "Constitution," published in the Staats-Lexikon (1845-1848), Carl von Rotteck....
5.   David Hansemann to Prussian Interior Minister Ernst von Bodelschwingh (March 1, 1848)
With revolution spreading in France and about to reach Germany, David Justus Ludwig Hansemann (1790-1864),....
6.   Carl Schurz on Why He Became a Supporter of the Republican Form of Government (Retrospective Account, 1913)
Like many persecuted revolutionaries, the politician and journalist Carl Schurz (1829-1906) emigrated from Germany to America, where he established a career as a lawyer. An opponent of slavery, he....
7.   Speech of Friedrich Julius Stahl against the Repeal of the Prussian Constitution (1853)
In this 1853 speech, the conservative law professor Friedrich Julius Stahl (1802-1861) pleads against a motion to abolish the Prussian constitution, which was instituted during the revolution of....
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