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State of War
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State of War

A “state of imminent war danger” was proclaimed by the German Kaiser on July 31, 1914, at 1 pm, while the mobilization of army and fleet took place on August 1. The constitutional basis of these political actions was provided by Article 68 of the Constitution of the German Empire of 1871. Although an imperial law specifying the manner of proclamation and the consequence of a state of war had originally been planned, it never came to pass until 1914. The Prussian Law of Siege from the y…

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Pöhlmann, Markus, “State of War”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2015

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