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In what respects do Sources C and D present a similar view of Prussia future role in Germany?

Source C:
The Prussian State lies in the midst of all the European great powers, as Germany lies in the middle of Europe. In terms of population and material wealth (however) we are far behind our powerful neighbors. The state is stretched out in a narrow 200-mile strip, from the border of one large empire to the border of another…What kind of means do we possess to counter these disadvantages? No other than the old Prussian spirit, speed and decisiveness in execution…We have at times been hailed the champion of Germany, and I believe that we can accept this title without immodesty. We are not the most powerful state in Germany but the more powerful state which borders us is not called by its geographical location to be the champion of Germany as we are. We, however, have this destiny because our lands everywhere compromise the vanguard of Germany and enemies first have to step over our bodies before they can penetrate further into Germany.
Source D:
Prussia has risen through circumstances into the ranks of the European pentarchy [the five great powers]. But no matter how militarized and powerful it might be, it cannot be denied that on its own, it does not enjoy the same weight in the great affairs of the world as the other four states. Only in the closest connection with Germany can it find the additional strength it needs. That Germany should be mighty and united is a crucial precondition of Prussia’s existence.

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