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found supported in Henry Maines

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Adams claimed

that that line of investigation has occupied the American student ever since 1876, and the present work of the historical seminary at the Johns Hopkins University is to some extent the outgrowth of the germ brought to Baltimore

from the Heidelberg seminary.

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The proponents of the new scientifichistory generated their own racist myth of German history through a selective and distorted reading of German history and philology. Not really interested in German history but only in

  • Teutonic germsthat would reappear in English and American institutions,

their exaltation of German history was in inverse proportion to their understanding of it. We must note that neither Adams nor his students in America had any interest in doing independent research on Germanic

institutions. His own on a few passages in Tacituss

draws and his own wanderings in the 27

Odenwald across the Neckar from Heidelberg rather than on serious research with primary sources. He appeals to the labors of those patient German specialists, von Maurer, Hanssen, Meitzen, Nasse and Georg Waitz, who have shown in the early Constitutional History of Germany the same organizing power as Canon Stubbs has exercised in writing the Constitutional History of England,who first proved that the tree of English liberty certainly roots in German soil.28

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See Adams‘ earlier telling of the story in the essay ―Cooperation in University

Work,which appeared at the end of his

,

Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science II (Baltimore,

26 27 28 1882), 40. Adams, See note 25. Adams,

, 67

, 11.

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