Antedating of "Realpolitik"

Shapiro, Fred Fred.Shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Dec 27 13:32:00 UTC 2007

realpolitik (OED 1914)

1911 _Economist_ 14 Oct. 762 (Economist Historical Archive)  Thus the spirit of Bismarckian _realpolitik_, with its open distrust and contempt for moral forces and principles, became very quickly so dominant in the Italian mind that anyone who takes, or professes to take, some accoutn of unselfish motives and universal interests is too readily stamped as a hypocrite or a fool.

Fred Shapiro

The American Dialect Society -

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