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Ideas of 1914
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Ideas of 1914

The concept “Ideas of 1914” alludes to two different, yet related phenomena. The first meaning refers to all discursive reflections that were formulated and published by intellectuals in 1914, to all attempts to interpret the significance of the war. The second has to do with a particular category of “ideas” which the contemporaries subsumed under the notion “Ideas of 1914.”

At the beginning of the war, the vast majority of German intellectuals were united in their almost unconditional support of the German war effort, which they attempted to …

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Verhey, Jeffrey, “Ideas of 1914”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 01 February 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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