Social Injustice in the German Military
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Social Injustice in the German Military

The beginning of the First World War encouraged the longing for a sense of community, and intensified aspirations for equality and equal rights within the German nation. While these expectations heightened political and national solidarity at the beginning of the war, in the long run they led to considerable difficulties within German society. As the war drew on, social inequality in particular became a serious challenge to political order in the German Reich. Significantly, the conflict first flared up within the military.

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Hettling, Manfred, “Social Injustice in the German Military”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 20 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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