Week 3 tutorial reading (Görres, Dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire, 1806)

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History 224Week 3Tutorial reading: Joseph Görres, on the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire (1806)Upon the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire and the creation of Napoleon’s Confederation of theRhine, Joseph Görres (1776-1848), a liberally-minded German Catholic publicist, scholar andeducator, invokes a revolutionary future for “our nation.”Weep, Germania, weep! Your guardian spirit has abandoned you; caution has removed himto higher spheres, and he will now find in the archives of heaven full satisfaction for his antiquarianmind. What will now guard you against the irruption of the stream of that all-smashing revolutionarywrath? Who will hold the shield before you, lest the fury of theEnlightenmentdevour you? Alas!Ten years will not pass, and you will suffer Gallia’s fate;revolutionariesandliberty swindlerswillarise in your midst, and will not rest until they have put the bloody Phrygian cap on you, as well.1Then, O the horror!, they will rip all stars and medal ribbons from thenobility, break the
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