War Enthusiasm
(799 words)

War Enthusiasm

In August 1914, the Germans went to war in a wave of general enthusiasm – or so it was claimed until recently in schoolbooks and in a number of representative works written by German historians.

This stereotyped conception has, in the meantime, been increasingly challenged and corrected in a number of crucial points. Accordingly, it can now stated with certainty that an “August Experience” in the sense of an enthusiastic, nationwide approval of the war that would have mobilized all social classes did not take place. …

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Ullrich, Volker, “War Enthusiasm”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 23 August 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0626>
First published online: 2015



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