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World War I
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I. Church History

World War I stands for a hitherto unknown escalation in the intensity and violence of warfare in the name of the nation and the national state. As the first fully-fledged technological and industrial mass conflict – or in the words of M. Weber: as the Maschinenkrieg (“war of machines”) of the “modern military state” –, World War I revealed the extent to which the expectations of national integration had changed and gave rise to a new form …

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Leonhard, Jörn and Ludwig, Frieder, “World War I”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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