and has forfeited her throne in Germany
, a hundred years ago the first colonial empire in the world, has lost her colonies and conquests, and has sunk into a third-rate power.
, which, little more than a hundred years ago, possessed Canada, Louisiana
, the Mississippi valley
, the island of Mauritius, and a stronghold in Hindoostan, has lost all these possessions and exchanged her vineyards and cornfields on the Rhine
for the snows of Savoy
and the sands of Algiers
, on the other hand, have sprung into the foremost rank of nations.
has become Italy
, with a capital in Milan
, as well as in Rome
Still more striking and more glorious has been the growth of Prussia
A hundred years ago Prussia
was just emerging into notice as a small but well-governed and hard-fighting country, with a territory no larger than Michigan
, and a population considerably less than Ohio
In a hundred years this small but well-governed and hard-fighting Prussia
has become the first military power on earth.
, during these hundred years, has carried her arms into Finland
, Crim Tartary, the Caucasus and the Mohammedan Khanates