So I came across the following passage, and I'm curious if you can guess where and when it refers to. I've blacked out the parts that could give it away.
Another idea, even more widespread, is that except for a few scholars, the _____ [nationality adjective] people are a mass of illiterate and, mentally, almost inert people who neither know nor care what goes on in the world at large, or even in _____ [the nation] as a whole. Among them, it is supposed, such a force as "public opinion" could hardly be said to exist, except as the masses are told what to think by the _____ who dominate them. In accord with this theory it has been assumed that in order to control _____ [the nation], a foreign government needed only to cultivate the favor of the high officials, or pay regular bribes to the ______. The people in general, it has been thought, could be ignored.
So: where and when is this about?
For extra credit, guess the original language of the above language passage.
I'll post the answer in a few days.