Compare / contrast excerpt from hitler with French National Assembly
Read the following excerpt from the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen
adopted by the National Assembly in 1789.
a?The representatives of the French people, organized as a national assembly, believing that the ignorance, neglect, or contempt of the rights of man are the sole causes of public misfortunes and the corruption of governments, have determined to set forth in a solemn declaration, the natural, inalienable and sacred rights of man. . . .
The aim of all political association is the preservation of the natural . . . rights of man.
These rights are liberty, property, security, and resistance to oppression. Liberty consists in the freedom to do everything which injures no one else. . . . Law is the expression of the general will. Every citizen has a right to participate personally, or through his representative, in its formation. No person shall be accused, arrested, or imprisoned except in the cases and according to the forms prescribed by law.a?
Read the following excerpt from a 1926 speech by Adolf Hitler.
a?The fundamental motif [theme] through all the centuries has been the principle that
force and power are the determining factors. All development is struggle. Only force
rules. Force is the first law. . . . Only through struggle have states and the world become great. If one should ask whether this struggle is gruesome, then the only answer could be: For the weak, yes, for humanity as a whole, no. World history provides that in the struggle between nations, that race has always won out whose drive for self-preservation was the more pronounced, the stronger. . . . Unfortunately, the contemporary world stresses internationalism instead of the innate values of race, democracy and the majority instead of the worth of a great leader. Instead of everlasting struggle, the world preaches cowardly pacifism, and everlasting peace. These three things, considered in the light of their ultimate consequences, are the causes of the downfall of all humanity. The practical result of conciliation [peace] among nations is the renunciation [denial] of a peopleas own strength and their voluntary enslavement.a?
Exam Essay Question:
As you analyze these excerpts, what contrasts and comparisons can you pull from them, and how can you relate your findings to some of the historical elements and lessons you have learned this semester. Be specific and use some of the theses, analyses, and some of the quotations you took out of the articles assigned to you.
*Essays must be at least 2500 words, double-spaced, with a Times New Roman 12pt black