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War Collections
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War Collections

From the first weeks of the war, so-called “war collections” were set up in many of the countries at war. Most people were convinced that they were witnessing a revolutionary event. They accordingly attempted to collect as many things as possible from this “great time,” in order to be able to inform future generations about the Great War. Collectors included museums, libraries, archives, and also private individuals. In 1917 in Germany alone more than 200 such collections are known…

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Brandt, Susanne, “War Collections”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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