Barbarians
(892 words)

Barbarians

In all warring societies, the topic of the Barbarians played a central role. In this war, it seemed to hinge upon nothing less than the survival, and the critical importance of humankind. Thus, there developed a script that depicted the war as a conflict between one’s own, idealized nation and a demonized enemy. “Civilization” was thereby commonly juxtaposed against “Barbarity.”

This dualism was a powerful concept for two reasons. First, the nation-states of the 19th century were defined through a cultural construct that defined one’s own natio…

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Horne, John, “Barbarians”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 24 August 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0051>
First published online: 2015



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