Brill’s Digital Library of World War I

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Our collective memory of the First World War has been marked above all by the countless human lives lost and the material deprivations brought about by the war. These factors caused the revolutionary uprisings after 1917 in Central and Eastern Europe. Thus, there are good reasons for characterizing the First World War as a turning point in European history, a traumatic break with the politics of an ancien régime. The idea of a fundamental break with the past has an important place in histories of the European working class, as well as in other areas of sc…

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

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