Brill’s Digital Library of World War I


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1917: Deserters, Politics and Religion

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Author(s): Wolf, Susanne
Wolf, Susanne - 1917: Deserters, Politics and Religion Keywords: Belgium | churches | Dutch government | Dutch neutrality | German deserters | Netherlands Abstract: It is clear from the differing concerns of the Dutch government in 1917 compared to 1914, that the attitude and requirements of the internees has now changed. The issues being dealt with are no longer the basics, food, shelter and clothing; but more complicated matters that have greater potential to compromise Dutch neutrality.The numbe…

Guardians of the True Faith

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Author(s): Bobič, Pavlina
Bobič, Pavlina - Guardians of the True Faith Keywords: churches | Glasbena matica | Ljubljana Abstract: This chapter concentrates on the religious ideas and values that the priests in the rear transmitted to their flocks through sermons and devotions which in turn helped mould the parishioners' attitudes about the war in the period from 1914 to 1916. It presents the evolution of the civilians' perception of war through their participation in religious activities: pilgrimages, common pr…