Brill’s Digital Library of World War I

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The First World War endures in human memory as an event of especial significance. The French still refer to it as the “Grande Guerre”; the Germans and Austrians, “der Große Krieg”; and the British and Americans, the “Great War.” Those who survived it are no more. Even the children of the war years have died by now. Yet the war did not pass away with the generation that waged and endured it. World War One will remain the defining experience of the 20th century.

The war evolved from a localized European conflict to a global catastrophe. The swift disintegration of multina…

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Hirschfeld, Gerhard, Krumeich, Gerd and Renz, Irina, “Foreword”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 03 February 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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