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34 Such a Weltpolitik was bound to demonstrate that the principal obstacle to its realization was British naval power. Before this generation spoke out, the formidable person of Heinrich von Treitschke, that "fire-eating Pan-German," 35 was already haranguing his students with the need for international struggle and war as the means by which to ei:hance the tensile strength of the nation. He produced no school, but many historians of the following generation were influenced by his praise of belligerent imperialism.
If the spirit that moved such men eastward was not always nobility of purpose, it was for many an obligation to imperial trust. Lord Curzon vividly describes his own dedication first aroused at Eton when a visiting speaker declared that India in itself was a greater empire than Rome and that "the rulers of that great dominion were drawn from the men of our own people, that some of them might perhaps be taken from the ranks of the boys who were listening to his words. Ever since that day . . " 30 The public school tradition, suggested in Curzon' s statement, was an important factor in forming an imperial ideal.
310---315;and Heinz Gollwitzer, Europe in the Age of Imperialism, '1880-1914, trans. David Adam and Stanley Baron (New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1969), pp. 154-156. 28 AN AGE OF EXPANSION tempting to arouse indifferent citizens at least to the belief that imperialism was a good business proposition. Like all other professional or economic groups, the European business community did not subscribe unanimously to the colonial cause. On the contrary, response was irregular and inadequate, at least in the opinion of the advocates of empire.