August Experience
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August Experience

Augusterlebnis (August Experience) was the contemporary German term for the patriotic enthusiasm among the German population at the outbreak of the war. The well-known images from the last weeks of July and from August of 1914 depict masses of people in the streets. The contemporary captions under the pictures suggest that these people were unanimously filled with “war enthusiasm.” The pictures are impressive but they do not tell the whole truth. In reality there was no near-ecst…

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Verhey, Jeffrey, “August Experience”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 28 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0042>
First published online: 2015



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